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Teen dies when police use Taser on him

Associated Press / March 23, 2009
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BAY CITY, Mich. - Police say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered while they tried to break up a fight.

State Police are investigating the death. The name of the teen was not released.

The death occurred after Bay City officers answered a report of an early morning fight early yesterday.

Two males were arguing in an apartment, and one of them "attempted to fight the officers," a police statement said.

Police say officers used the Taser to subdue the teenager, and his reaction led them to immediately call for emergency medical help. He was pronounced dead at Bay Regional Medical Center.

Tasers use electrical shocks to stun attackers and disrupt voluntary control of their muscles.

Deputy Police Chief Thomas Pletzke told WNEM-TV that the department has placed one officer on administrative leave in connection with the episode.

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