7 06 2008

Man dies after confrontation with Meriden police

Associated Press

June 6, 2008

Courant.com

http://www.courant.com/news/local/statewire/hc-06122502.apds.m0066.bc-ct–merijun06,0,4275779.story

Meriden, Conn. – Meriden police say a 35-year-old city man has died after officers responding to a complaint about loud music shot him with a Taser gun when he became combative.

Police say Donovan Graham suffered what they called medical difficulties after officers handcuffed him Friday morning. They say he later died at MidState Medical Center.

State police have been called in to investigate. Officials say four city police officers were involved in the incident on the seventh floor of the Community Towers federal housing complex. Most of the residents there are elderly and disabled.

Police say the Taser gun had no effect on Graham. They say other officers were called to the scene and managed to subdue and handcuff him.

The incident is being investigated by state and local police and the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.

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