A man died Thursday more than two weeks after he was tased and seriously injured while running from Frisco police, the department announced Friday.
Frisco police responded about 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 to a car dealership after a complaint the man tried to use a fake ID to buy a vehicle. The dealership, which was not identified, is in the 9600 block of State Highway 121 near Ohio Drive.
The man ran from officers, who gave verbal commands and warned him he would be tased, police said in a written statement. An officer attempted to tase him and failed. A second officer then tased the man, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground, the department said.
Police handcuffed the man and sat him upright before calling an ambulance. The man was taken to a hospital and died Thursday, police said. His name has not been released.
The Dallas Morning News has requested body-worn camera footage and records about the incident.
The Texas Rangers and Collin County district attorney’s office are investigating.
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this incident, to include officers and family members of the deceased,” the department said in a statement.
The department declined to say whether the officers involved have been put on leave and would not answer further questions. The Frisco Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Craig Miller, former Dallas police deputy chief and Dallas ISD police chief, said stun guns should only be used if an officer is in fear. Stun guns are designed to incapacitate the person, he said.
“A Taser is not supposed to be used as a form of compliance,” said Miller, who worked on a number of death-in-custody cases for Dallas police.
Miller said when someone is tased they may “lose their faculties, which would enable the officers … to get them handcuffed and under control.”
Frisco police’s 2021 annual report said the department obtained a new Taser model in 2021 and all officers were required to attend six hours of training. Last year, officers discharged Tasers 23 times and displayed the weapon nine times, the report said.