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51-year-old cab driver Solomon Agwomoh died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after a Dolton police officer used a stun gun to subdue him following a CT scan, according to a lawsuit.
The unidentified officer deployed the weapon after Agwomoh, who was in police custody after being involved in a crash in the village earlier that morning, "became agitated," according to the suit filed Wednesday in Cook County circuit court.
Agwomoh, who drove for Chicago Carriage Cab Company, was involved in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection of Cottage Grove Avenue and Sibley Boulevard in Dolton around 12:40 a.m., according to the lawsuit, which names the village of Dolton as the defendant.
Agwomoh was apparently conscious following the crash, and a witness who encountered him said that while shaken, he appeared to be "in a normal state of health," said Bob Napleton, a lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Agwomoh's family.
Around 1 a.m., an ambulance took Agwomoh to the hospital, where he underwent a CT scan in the presence and custody of Dolton police, the lawsuit stated.
It's unclear exactly what happened next, but according to the lawsuit, a Dolton officer "willfully and wantonly employed a Taser without justifiable cause to deliver a lethal electric current" to Agwomoh, a father of four from South Holland.