LITTLE ROCK - A man died Saturday after being shocked with a Taser during a scuffle with a Monticello police officer, authorities said Monday.
The man who died was identified by the Arkansas State Police as Kendrick Brown. His age was not available, according to spokesman Bill Sadler.
According to a release from the Monticello Police Department, Brown became irate while talking to the officer, whose name was not released, after the officer responded at about 2 p.m. Saturday to a report of domestic violence at Turtle Creek Apartments on Slemmons Creek in Monticello.
The officer reached for Brown’s arm to place him in handcuffs, and Brown turned and grabbed the officer by the neck, according to the release. Both went to the floor, with Brown landing on top of the officer.
After a short scuffle, the officer was able to get his Taser and deploy one cycle to stop the assault, police said.
The officer noticed Brown’s breathing was abnormal and called for an ambulance. Brown was taken to Drew Memorial Hospital and died about an hour later.
The incident was captured on the officer’s body camera and witnessed by another person in the room, according to the release.
Sadler said Brown’s body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for a determination of the manner and cause of death.
The Arkansas State Police is investigating Brown’s death, Sadler said.