Fort Worth Man Dies After Being Subdued with Taser

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth police are investigating following the death of a mentally ill 24-year-old after police subdued him with a Taser stun gun.

Police say the parents of Michael Jacobs Jr. called police to a Fort Worth home yesterday morning, saying their son was causing problems.

Police say an officer stunned him with a Taser when he became combative.

The officers planned to take Jacobs to John Peter Smith Hospital for a mental detention. He was handcuffed but began to have difficulty breathing, police said.

Police say he was later taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office will determine what caused Jacobs' death.

Family members told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that police officers used excessive force to subdue Jacobs, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


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