Man Dies After Incident With Police At Denver Zoo

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police said a suspect in a domestic violence incident at the Denver Zoo has died after a confrontation with officers.

Sonny Jackson said the suspect was involved in a conflict with a woman when zoo guards intervened at about 5 p.m. Monday evening. The guards called for help and officers responded. They were able to arrest the man, but he stopped breathing after he was taken into custody.

Jackson said the officers performed CPR and the suspect was transported to a hospital, but he died shortly after 6 p.m.

Two zoo security guards sustained injuries, one of who was transported to a hospital. Two Denver officers also sustained minor injuries, but were not hospitalized.

The cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.

It’s unknown if officers used a Taser to subdue the man. They were interviewing about 15 witnesses, including the woman who was involved in the initial domestic violence call. The woman was not injured.

No information on the man’s age or name was available.

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  1. Laura says:

    You would think a place like the zoo would one of the few places you can go to get away from all the idiots, morons, and low-lifes in our city. Guess not.

    1. NOITALL says:

      Takes one to know one. Judge not lest ye be judged in like manner.

    2. NOITALL says:

      I am saddened by those who have been caught up by the media version of this story. And even more saddened by their heartless comments. We’ve all had a bad day and made bad choices. Fortunately for us, we didn’t end up subdued unto death. Regardless of how it all happened, a fellow brother of our human family has died tonight. Please…at least… respect that.

  2. paul says:

    Look at the ridiculous number of tax-payer vehicles. Please cut their budget. I can’t afford it and I certainly don’t want it.

  3. NOITALL says:

    SOURCES SAY THIS MAN WAS TASED AT LEAST 4 TIMES.

  4. Chelsea says:

    20 Cop Cars. An Ambulance. A Firetruck. A Helicopter.

    I was at the scene.
    They tased him. A man who one of the officers referred to as “black and in his thirties who was being difficult.” The man, however, was lying there…trying to comply..and was being tased….and beaten up.

    “If you don’t stop resisting, I’m going to punch you in the face..really hard.” Necessary?

    What is this world coming to when you aren’t even safe to have a nice afternoon at the zoo?

    1. NOITALL says:

      Thank You For Speaking The Truth. May you be blessed. I am saddened by those who have been caught up by the media version of this story. And even more saddened by their heartless comments. We’ve all had a bad day and made bad choices. Fortunately for us, we didn’t end up subdued unto death. Regardless of how it all happened, a fellow brother of our human family has died tonight. Please…at least… respect that.

    2. baralla719 says:

      now that sounds like the police…. the police in any city in the united states because we continue to let them do this over and over again and no one speaks up

  5. john gadd says:

    If the “Accused” man was running his mouth with threats, menancing etc then he has meet the legal requirement for the officers to use force.Lets get all the facts in from the atopsy before we pass judgement. After all the cops used a taser not… a 45 automatic. C,mon people were there black cops present. After all it was a woman screaming that started the whole incident! Cops are taught to use the minimum force necessary to “Take Control”.

    1. NOITALL says:

      It does not sound like you were there or have been properly informed.

  6. Deb Pryor Osborne says:

    Why does everyone want to blame the police and not the violent person who starts the whole thing? If you can’t control yourself in public, then don’t go! He’s probably just as bad in private, though, too!!

    1. NOITALL says:

      Takes one to know one. Jugde not lest ye be judged in like manner.

    2. NOITALL says:

      I am very saddened by those who have been caught up by the media version of this story. And even more saddened by their heartless comments. We’ve all had a bad day and made bad choices. Fortunately for us, we didn’t end up subdued unto death. Regardless of how it all happened, a fellow brother of our human family has died tonight. Please…at least… respect that.

  7. joeblow says:

    Its impossible to have domestic violence without having injurys. It says in the article she was not injured. So sounds like someone who was having a bad day. Unless the guy was on speed or something he should not have died. Given the history of the denver police department, I would say they used to much force. If you have to beat someone to death to get them under control there is a problem there. Denver police has lost allot of support and I no longer take their sides when I hear these kinds of storys. A video will come out in the next few weeks which will prove they kicked his ass to death.

  8. Jim Balboa says:

    Noitall,

    You have the same information as everyone else and display an obvious slant against the police. Your repetitive remarks do nothing to bolster your opinion of the events as reported. Would you be asking us all to celebrate life and remember our fallen man if one of the officers had been killed?
    Paul, Chelsea… You are both oxygen thieves. Try a little critical thinking. They have to have a conveyance to get to a call. You would be running your mouth about them taking too long or not taking it seriously if fewer resources had been deployed.

    Chelsea, it sounds like you have never had to deal with violence before. What exactly should DPD have done differently, since you are so unhappy with their performance? The guy screaming “I am King Kong”, that put two security officers in the hospital… He’s not at fault? Is it normal behavior to do this stuff?

    Tasers don’t kill. Being coked out of your mind and entering a brawl with extended physical exertion… That kills. I suppose DPD should have just sung him a lullaby?

    1. baralla719 says:

      and you Jim Balboa are you an authority of tasers now I know first hand that tasers kill and maybe you should sit down and do research on the hundreds of people who have died after being tased by the police. And if the police are so perfect why has Denver hired an independent monitor to look into cases just like this one. So let the monitor your tax dollars pay for do the determining and I bet they prove something different.

  9. denvervet says:

    Thank God the police show up in full force, they never know what they really have until they get there. Its called “PUBLIC SAFETY” and if you were there with children you would want them to show up in full force. Sorry this guy died, hope his family recovers well. Do those tasers have to have so much electrical shock, can’t they use less electricity and subdue a person?

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  11. Silver Badger says:

    Another one bites the dust. How many “justified” police murders until tasers are outlawed. Once the these thugs in uniform acquired a taste for to torture, the body count rose higher each day. One man, 20 police cars, the victim taseredd at least 4 times. Do I have an anti police bias? Absolutely! Anyone living in Denver should. The cops have become little more than jackbooted thugs. Time to eliminate them and protect ourselves.

    To paraphrase an anti lawyer joke: What do you call 100 cops at the bottom of the sea?

  12. Marble60 says:

    My son-in-law (an army hero) just finished his court case with the Denver police in which they used excessive force. He chose to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault rather than face the felony assault charges they tried to hit him with and risk going to jail for something that was not his fault. He was not tased. He was snuck up on from behind by the police and batoned repeatedly on the head and back until they cracked his head open to the skull. When he defended himself, he was arrested and charged. His lawyer told him how the case would go, right down to the letter. The lawyer knew, because it’s how the Denver police operate. He said it is common practice for them and he had defended many people, including soldiers, in cases identical to my son-in-laws. And whaddaya know…he was exactly right. Raise the charge to a felony to scare the pants off them so they’ll plead out to a misdemeanor and be glad just to get the heck out of there. We have several acquaintances who are police officers throughout the United States and they all said the same thing….police officers are trained to NOT use their batons on the head and back because it constitutes deadly force. That is the ONLY place the Denver police used the baton on my son-in-law and we have the injury charts from the doctors and the pictures to prove it. Not only that, one of the officers had the nerve to lie on his statement and say his partner was hitting my son-in-law in the “knee” with the baton. Well guess what, he has NO injuries to his knees. Just 32 stitches in his head and bruises all over his back. He never raised a hand to them until they attacked him without warning. At no time did they tell him he was under arrest prior to jumping him. I’ve since researched all the excessive force cases that have occurred with Denver’s police force. It’s very frightening! I pity all who live there. Protect and defend? Somebody needs to retrain them. Thank God you have a task force looking into all these cases. I will pray for your city.

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