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Police probe death of DUI suspect stunned by taser

April 30, 2013|By Matt Stevens

Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a DUI suspect whom officers stunned with a Taser prior to his arrest.

The suspect, Mark Courtier, 50, also “suffered a laceration to the face … during the takedown” the LAPD said in a statement published Tuesday.

Investigators said officers initially were called to a traffic accident in the 400 block of North Vermont Avenue on April 4, when they saw Courtier attempting to flee the scene.

“One of the officers deployed a Taser gun in ‘direct stun mode’ on Courtier, until officers were able to overcome his resistance and handcuff him,” the police statement said. Paramedics called to the scene found Courtier to be unresponsive; he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The department’s force investigation division is reviewing the incident, the statement said. 


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