[quote]A man who was causing a disturbance outside Universal Studios in Florida died after being shocked with a Taser stun gun by off-duty police, US authorities have said.
Adam Spencer Johnson, 33, was said to have been acting irrationally when the five officers approached, police said.
The officers used a stun gun because Johnson was “violently” resisting arrest, said Sgt Barb Jones.
Mr Johnson became unresponsive on the ground and was later pronounced dead.
The off-duty officers responded to a call from a security guard at Universal Studios early on Friday morning about a man acting irrationally outside the Cinemax theatres in the city of Orlando.
“He was kind of pacing around, grabbing his beard, grabbing his head and hair, and they were trying to get a hold of him. He was being disorderly,” said Sgt Jones, of the Orlando Police Department.
One officer shocked Mr Johnson with a Taser stun gun, before placing him under arrest.
Police said they immediately tried to revive Mr Johnson when he became unresponsive. He was later declared dead at Dr Phillips Hospital.
All officers involved in the incident with Mr Johnson, who was a resident of Winter Haven, are being placed on administrative leave during the investigation.[/quote]
[quote]ORLANDO – A man acting irrationally at Universal Orlando died early Friday morning after being shocked with a stun gun by an off-duty Orlando police officer, authorities said.
The man, identified as 33-year-old Adam Spencer Johnson, of Winter Haven, was taken to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital after the incident and was pronounced dead, police said.
According to Orlando police, officers working off duty at the theme park were called by Universal Orlando security at 12:25 a.m. about a person who was acting irrationally – pacing back and forth, pulling his hair and rubbing his beard – in front of the theater at Universal CityWalk.
“The security from Universal said that he may have been grabbing a patron. His behavior was completely irrational,” Orlando police Sgt. Barb Jones said.
When officers tried to restrain Johnson, he violently resisted, so an officer shocked him with a Taser, police said. Johnson was then handcuffed, according to police.
While Johnson was on the ground, he became non-responsive, police said. The officers performed CPR on Johnson, who was then taken to the hospital.
Police said a toxicology report will determine if drugs or alcohol played a factor in Johnson’s behavior.
Orlando police said there’s surveillance video of the incident, and it was turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which will investigate the death.
All of the Orlando police officers, one of whom was on patrol and four who were working off duty, will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.[/quote]