Suspect dies after being Tasered by Fort Worth police

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Posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 16 at 8:59 PM

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FORT WORTH — Fort Worth police said a 24-year-old man died two days after being Tasered by an officer.

The medical examiner will determine what caused Daniel Guerra's death, but police say he may have ingested a large quantity of illegal drugs before being arrested.

Guerra, a Fort Worth resident,  was taken into custody on Highway 287 in far northwest Fort Worth following a car chase around 1 a.m. last Friday.

Police said someone was firing gunshots from his car during the pursuit. Officers were able to blow out the tires of Guerra's Cadillac, and he exited the car with his hands up, police said.

But as officers approached, he quickly moved into his car. One officer fired a shot from his duty weapon; it missed.

Guerra continued to resist. "Two arresting officers deployed their Taser in drive stun mode and were able to take the male suspect into custody," the police report said.

But police said Guerra collapsed after being placed in a patrol car. He was taken to a hospital and died on Sunday.

A woman who was in the vehicle with Guerra said he had swallowed a large quantity of methamphetamine while fleeing from officers. She was also hospitalized and reported to be in very critical condition.

In 2010, the City of Fort Worth agreed to a $2 million settlement with the family of a man who died after being shocked twice by police Taser fire a year earlier.

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