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Mentally ill man dies after police shoot him with stun gun

All News 11:01 June 16, 2017

HAMYANG, South Korea, June 16 (Yonhap) -- A man diagnosed with a mental illness died after police shocked him with a stun gun while attempting to take him to a mental hospital, police said Friday.

Police in the southeastern city of Hamyang said that the 43-year-old man's parents called them around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday seeking help with their son, who resisted being taken to a mental hospital and wielded a shovel and a sickle in a rampage at their house.

After arriving at the scene, one of two police officers used a Taser on him during the confrontation but the shot went wide of the mark.

This undated file photo shows a Taser gun. (Yonhap)

Another Taser was used as he was acting violently and combative with officers, police said. He fell down after being shocked twice and was handcuffed. But police had to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation after the man stopped breathing and he was pronounced dead around 8:20 p.m. after being treated at a nearby hospital.

The man was confirmed to have a record of stays at mental hospitals. His parents were attempting to have him admitted again as his condition worsened due to his refusal to take medication.

At the scene, there were three officials from a mental hospital located in the neighboring city of Jinju.

The Hamyang Police Station expressed its condolences over the man's death and promised to investigate whether the officers' handling of the situation was appropriate.

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