June 09, 2015
Agencies: Dallas Police Department
Cause of death: Taser
Last updated: over 4 years ago
Dallas police said a man died Monday evening after an officer used a Taser in an attempt to subdue him. According to investigators, 25-year-old Ross Anthony was "exhibiting erratic behavior" when he was found inside a parked vehicle in the 5400 block of Jim Miller Road around 7:30 p.m. After officers ordered the man to exit the vehicle, there was a struggle, and extra help was requested. Police said Officer Paul Kessenich deployed his stun gun to subdue the suspect. "Mr Anthony began to show signs of medical distress shortly after he was handcuffed," a police statement said. Anthony was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police ordered the man out and when he opened the door, police say a struggle ensued.
The officer requested assistance. Police say four officers made contact with the man. One officer, Paul Kessenich, deployed his Taser during the arrest according to Dallas Police.
“Police yelled several times and he finally opened the door. He tried to rush out and police told him to stay down. He didn’t stay down and that’s why police Tasered him,” said Dan Ly, whose family owns the Chinese restaurant.
“He didn’t have a weapon, they could have just tackled him,” said Guadalupe Delgado, who also witnessed the incident.
Soon after the man was handcuffed, the suspect showed signs of medical distress. Police say paramedics at the scene provided immediate medical attention. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead.