Man dies in Ontario police custody after taser used

A 36-year-old Ontario man is dead after a confrontation with Ontario Provincial Police on Monday during which he was Tasered by officers.The death comes just days after the RCMP said it would restrict the user of the controversial Taser device.

Sgt. Pierre Chamberland said police were responding to a report of a man causing a disturbance in Norfolk County, about 130 kilometres southwest of Toronto, at about 10:30 a.m. ET Monday. “Upon arrival police located a male who was combative and during the encounter police had to deploy a conducted energy weapon,” Chamberland told CTV’s Canada AM on Tuesday.Chamberland would not say whether the man was known to police or whether the Taser was used more than once.

Prior to Monday’s incident, at least 20 people were known to have died in Canada since 2003 after being Tasered.

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  • surely people were subdued before then without tasers or(in the US) guns.

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  • I did find something older. Original link –

    The province’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death. Police identified the man on Tuesday as Jeffrey Marreel.

    Chamberland would not say whether Marreel was known to police or whether the Taser was used more than once.

    Found on internet –

    Norfolk County : Major Simcoe Drug Bust – Operation “BIG MAC” – Wrapping Up Prosecution

    Posted by Renee Berube on 2008/2/8 1:00:00 (1168 reads)

    After a large drug bust in Simcoe over a year ago two individuals are still before the courts and there’s one arrest warrant still outstanding. Under operation “Big Mac” in September 2006 over 40 people were charged in relation to drug transactions with undercover officers in the Simcoe area. The prosecution of most has wrapped up for their purchasing of drugs including marihuana, crack cocaine, ectasy, percocet, oxycontin, and morphine. A preliminary hearing is to be rescheduled in the case of Kelvin Cunningham, and a trial date of May 14th has been set in the case of Sherry-Lee Maas. Meanwhile Kenneth Morris of Simcoe pled guilty to some charges but failed to appear for sentencing – so his warrant is outstanding.


    Marreel, Jeffrey
    Substance: cocaine, oxycontin
    Charge: 1 count Trafficking
    Sentence: Nov 27/06 – 45 days time served

    ( … Link … )

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  • the police guidelines for using Taser ….. please ask the person you intend to Taser if he/she has a history of heart problems or cocaine use.

    In other words, get rid of those damn Tasers. No one deserves to die for having a history of heart disease or for having drug problems. Add to that, a history of only speaking Polish or any other exotic foreign language.

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  • Don’t sue me, bro! at, June 25

    Taser International, the company behind the new delightful trend in law enforcement where using verbal communication is deemed too time-consuming and replaced with a extremely painful jolt from their patented electro-weapons, was just dealt a stinging blow in court. After winning 45 wrongful death or injury lawsuits, it just lost a $6 million wrongful death suit, paving the way for plenty more liability in the future.

    The suit, filed by the family of 40-year-old Robert Heston Jr. Heston was killed when the police tased him, the autopsy finding that he “died from a combination of methamphetamine intoxication, an enlarged heart due to long-term drug abuse, and Taser shocks.” The jury found that Heston was 85% at fault, making Taser 15% responsible for his death.

  • in the police investigation.

    This is the story so far …

    Sources said police suspected a man in the area was involved in a crime, possibly a theft.

    A pair of general patrol officers located the man, who took off on foot and was chased a distance, a source said. When the officers caught up to the man and approached him, he produced a knife.

    Before the man was shocked with a Taser, he refused to drop his weapon, another source said.

    “While not a Playboy reader, she invites a male acquaintance in for a quiet discussion of Chagall, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.” – not a Hugh Hefner quote

  • The Globe and Mail, By Joe Friesen, July 23

    WINNIPEG — Holding a photo of her son in her hand, Sharon Shymko bows her head and weeps.

    She is confused and angry, she says, and she wants to know why her son is dead.

    Seventeen-year-old Michael Langan died Tuesday after being hit with a police electronic stun gun, the 22nd person in Canada to die after being tasered.

    “This damn machine, it killed my son,” she said. “He would’ve been here today.

    “I think they should ban tasers. They should ban all that crap.”

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  • yep I bet he was a real threat with that broken back and all

    Raw Story
    David Edwards and Diane Sweet
    Published: Saturday July 26, 2008

    KY 3 News’ Sara Sheffield reports on an injured teen from Ozark, Missouri who was tasered up to 19 times by police.

    Passing motorists called Ozark police out of concern for the teen as he walked along the busy overpass. When the police arrived, the young man was lying on the shoulder of the highway directly underneath the 30 foot high overpass with a broken back and foot.

    Doctors believe 16-year-old Mace Hutchinson broke his back and heel after falling, as his injuries are consistent with such a fall. The boy’s family does not understand why police would have tasered the the teen 19 times after he was so seriously injured.

    The teen’s father said that the use of the taser caused Mace to develop an elevated white blood cell count, leading to a fever that delayed the young man’s otherwise immediate surgery by two days.

    Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset attempted to explain why the taser was used:

    “He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. He is making incoherent statements; he’s also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers.”

    Ozark police say that while there remains unanswered questions in the case, the reason for the use of the Taser is not one of them.

    video at link

  • Tasered up to 19 times? Absolutely incredible.

    Every single involved member of this so-called “police” department should be fired including their in-house apologist, the exceedingly pathetic Captain Thomas Rousset.

  • The above article is about a 36 years old man who died in the custody of Ontario police. It also tells that prior to this incident 20 more people died in the custody of Ontario police since 2003. I think the Government has to step in and look into this matter seriously.
    Victor Smith

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