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Man Who Died After Taser Stun Admitted to Using PCP

Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

September 14, 2010

WEST OAK CLIFF, TX – A robbery suspect who died after Dallas police officers tried to subdue him with a Taser in West Oak Cliff this weekend admitted to using a form of PCP, police said.

Freddie Lee Lockett, 30, of Irving told arresting officers he had used “wet,” a street name for PCP-laced marijuana. He died early Sunday, shortly after officers tried to subdue him multiple times with a Taser.

It will probably take months before the Dallas County medical examiner determines what caused Lockett’s death, but the preliminary indications are that the man’s symptoms are consistent with excited delirium, a medical state in which an overdose of adrenaline typically associated with drug use contributes to sudden death.

Officers responding to a robbery call in the 2900 block of South Westmoreland Road near West Kiest Boulevard about 11:30 p.m. Saturday spotted Lockett. He matched the description of the robbery suspect, so officers tried to detain him and a scuffle ensued, police said.

Lockett fled on foot and continued to resist arrest. Officers used a Taser on him multiple times, though it did not appear to have an effect, police said. Several additional officers responded to the scene, and Lockett was eventually captured.

An ambulance was called to check Lockett and his condition worsened, police said. He died at Methodist Dallas Medical Center about 1:05 Sunday morning, police said.

Dallas police have not released the names of the officers involved in the arrest.

Police officials scheduled and then abruptly canceled a news conference regarding the case Monday.

Lockett’s criminal record includes multiple felony drug convictions.

Staff Writer Kassi Schmitt contributed to this report.

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