Man critical after Dallas police fire Taser

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 19 at 11:14 PM

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DALLAS — A man was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night after Dallas police used a Taser to subdue him.

Police said they were called to investigate a report of family violence at the Pocket Lounge in the 3000 block of Colonial Avenue around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"A subject involved in the disturbance was Tased by patrol officers when he displayed active aggression towards them," according to a Dallas police statement.

The condition of the man — whose identity was not released — worsened after he was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was said to be unconscious upon arrival at the emergency room.

A special investigative unit will determine if the officer's use of a Taser was justified.

Earlier this week, the City of Fort Worth agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a man who died after police used a Taser gun on him last year.

Tasers use a high-voltage shock to temporarily immobilize a suspect. The weapon is designed to be a weapon that can be used with minimum risk to the target.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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