Man shocked by BSO Taser dies in hospital
(SUN SENTINAL) TAMARAC – A man who was subdued with a Taser Tuesday night died in the hospital early this morning, and investigators are looking into whether he was on drugs when he was running in and out of evening traffic on Commercial Boulevard near the Sawgrass Expressway.
The man, identified this afternoon as John J. Meier, Jr., 48, of Parkland, responded violently when deputies were called to the scene at 7:34 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Meier was reportedly undressing and running through traffic on Commercial Boulevard in front of Sawgrass Infiniti.
A deputy used a Taser gun to bring him down when he resisted arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
His condition deteriorated and paramedics used CPR to keep him stable, officials said.
Meier was taken to University Hospital & Medical Center. Officials think the man may have been intoxicated. He was pronounced dead about 1 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy by the Broward Medical Examiner revealed “no trauma or injuries other than minor scratches and taser marks on his right side. The subject’s symptoms were consistent with excited delirium and cocaine toxicity; however a final determination as to the cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests.”
A Taser issues darts attached to wires that deliver electric shocks of 50,000 volts that temporarily subdue aggressive suspects.
The device has become a common tool for police officers, but it is still controversial because it has been linked to a number of deaths.