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Sword Attacker Dies Soon After TASER Hit

Sword Attacker Dies Soon After TASER Hit

The Virginian-Pilot via YellowBrix

December 14, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. — A sword-wielding man died early Friday, hours after Hampton police twice used a TASER on him.

It was the first such reported death since officers there began carrying the devices in 2003, said Paula Scheck, a Hampton Police Department spokeswoman. No deaths have been reported in the three South Hampton Roads cities that widely outfit officers with TASERs.

According to a news release from Hampton police, officers responded to a complaint involving an emergency custody order in the first block of Overlook Court about 11 p.m. Thursday. When the 36-year-old man refused to come to the door, police called one of his relatives, who came to the scene.

When officers entered the home, the man swung a samurai-style sword at them, police said. Officers used the TASER on him once, and a second time when he continued to threaten them .

The man stopped breathing, and officers called medics and performed CPR. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m., police said.

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Police identified the man as Hatchel Pate Adams III of Hampton. Officers involved were placed on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation, according to the news release.

The Suffolk Police Department began carrying TASERs in June 2007. Norfolk added them in February 2008, followed by Virginia Beach this April.

Suffolk has said TASERs have resulted in fewer abuse complaints. But the conducted energy devices made headlines in Norfolk in October 2008 when a police officer used a TASER three times on a brain-damaged woman.

Amnesty International claims that more than 300 people have died after being struck with TASERs. The group says the devices were responsible in about 50 of those cases.

Drug intoxication accounted for most of the other deaths.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Something's wrong with the rating system on this one -- says I rated it down and then it says I rated it up DID NOT rate it either direction. Haven't ever used a taser so I wouldn 't think about giving it a rating. Just have one thought about this one. Wonder if the perp had a conduction problem. If he had som ething like A-FIB I wonder if that would cause the taser to cause a death OR has this perp even had an autopsy to prove/disprove that the taser is what caused his death??? Just thinking online here.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I definitely wouldn't reach for a taser against a sword, would have matched deadly force.

  • Advance_seal_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like they did their best, but the poor guy crapped out.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    The taser should be used only when defending against possible bodily injury. When confronted by deadly force that action should be met with deadly force.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Yeah, they should be justified. Really, they should've just shot him. He was coming at them with deadly force.

  • Sheriff_3_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It sounds like they were justified to use lethal force and choose to use non lethal and it ended up being deadly. I say oh well they were justified either way!

  • Me_and_caleb_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Suicide By Police.................Simple As That!

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm sorry, but if I'm going to come across someone weilding a freaking samurai sword in my direction, I don't think I'm going to pull out the pepperspray. Mr. Samurai wannabe got what was coming to him and it's bullshit that the cops are getting the heat for it.

  • Hg_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The Taser is a good weapon, however very overrated and over-used. This is clearly a case when deadly force should have been the "option". The Taser requires a Two Prong hit to be effective when a bullet does not. Glad every one is ok, but its a dangerous practice to employ a Taser or any other tool when a firearm is needed and justified-IMO

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 4 years ago


    They used nonlethal force. How ever, they had the deadly force option. I'm glad that the officers went home safe! When you break th law or play stupied games, you win stupied prizes.

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Let's see,,,There were only two actions to be taken..Lethal force immediately, they tried the nonlethal approach and it turned bad....The one I would have used first was my gun resulting in his death anyway...They zapped him and he died..Oh well too bad....People don't understand that the police test the tasers on themselves before they are allowed to use them..Haven't heard of any cops dieing from them...

  • Evil_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My guess the article is being rated because of all of the whining that the suspect died

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Still trying to figure out why this article is being rated down.........

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You just don't pull a weapon on officers, be it whatever...when you threaten them, they have to protect their lives, so they did what they had to do.

  • P23-2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He won't be doing that again. Don't swing a sword at police officers and you don't get hit with the TASER

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