A 36-year-old man died after Nassau County police officers twice used a Taser on him when authorities said he violently resisted arrest in his Inwood home early Saturday morning.
Officers responded to a home on Doughty Boulevard, where they found Walter Perez nude, covered in blood and threatening the officers in his basement apartment, police said. A struggle ensued as officers tried to take him into custody, and when three more officers arrived, they used a Taser on him before putting him in handcuffs, police said. Moments later, he stopped breathing.
“When they did observe this., they immediately removed his handcuffs and immediately started live-saving measures,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.
Perez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The officers were treated for exposure to his blood and other fluids.
The New York State Attorney General’s office is investigating the incident because the man died while in police custody.