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Former footballer Dalian Atkinson Tasered to death by police

KILLED: Dalian Atkinson

FORMER ASTON VILLA striker Dalian Atkinson was killed after he was Tasered by police

Atkinson, 48, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am this morning (Aug 15).

An ambulance spokesman said while Atkinson was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility.

The football star was "very agitated" and in a "real state" when police were called to his dad's home in the early hours of this morning before hitting him with a stun gun.

Atkinson's dad Ernest, 85, said his son – who frequently visited him – became agitated shortly before he was Tasered by the cops.

Speaking from his home today, he said: "He was in a real state.

"I don't know if he was drunk or on drugs but he was very agitated and his mind was upset.

West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns "for the safety of an individual" and deployed Taser.

According to reports in Buzzfeed, a resident who lived opposite the Telford home where police responded to claims she witnessed the football star kicked repeatedly after being Tasered.

Neighbour Paula Quinn told Buzzfeed News: “He was staggering, and as he staggered towards them they opened fire with the taser and he fell to the ground like a lead balloon.”

Quinn added: “I could actually hear him hit the ground and as he hit the ground the two officers just piled in on him and started kicking ten bells out of him. That probably went on for a minute or two, it seemed quite long at the time, everything appeared to be happening in slow motion.”

The resident claims that Atkinson was Tasered “about four of five times” before being instructed by a fellow officer to “back off".

“I could see it very clearly, there was absolutely no threat to him whatsoever and I am absolutely shocked,” said Quinn.

West Mercia Police said in a statement: "Officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford."

The statement continued: "Upon arrival, Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

"West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries."

The police use of Tasers rose slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales - a 2 per cent increase compared with 2014.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC issued the following statement in regards to their investigation into Atkinson’s death: “The IPCC is investigating the death of a 48 year old man in Telford, Shropshire.

"The IPCC understands that West Mercia Police were called to Meadow Close, Trench, shortly before 2am on Monday 15 August.

"At this stage the IPCC is aware a Taser was used on the man before he became ill. The Ambulance Service attended but the man later died.

"IPCC investigators are at the scene gathering the available information and are attending the post incident procedures to supervise the recovery of initial evidence.

"The IPCC is conducting a full and thorough investigation into all of the circumstances surrounding his death including the use of force.”

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