Fleeing suspect dies after Dallas police use Taser

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Posted on September 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 12 at 7:52 PM

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DALLAS — Dallas police say a fleeing suspect died after officers used a Taser to subdue him late Saturday night.

A police spokesperson said officers were responding to a report of a robbery in the 2900 block of South Westmoreland Drive around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw a man matching the description of the suspect.

As the suspect fled on foot, a pursuing officer used the electroshock weapon to take him down.

Police said Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics were called to the scene to treat the 30-year-old suspect, who was identified as Freddie Lee Lockett of Irving. He died about 90 minutes later at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

No additional information about the incident has been released.

Tasers are widely used by law enforcement agencies as a way to subdue aggressive suspects without firing bullets or using physical force, although there have been a number of reports of injuries and deaths.

In May, a man was hospitalized in critical condition after Dallas police used a Taser to take him into custody.

Also this year, the Fort Worth City Council agreed to a $2 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill man who died after being shocked twice by police.

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