Police Say Man Killed At Zoo Attacked & Bit Officer

DENVER (CBS4) – A man is dead after allegedly fighting with police officers at the Denver Zoo on Monday. Now Denver police are investigating whether the officers responded appropriately.

Officers said the man attacked and even bit an officer and zoo employee, and violently resisted arrest.

Officers said they tased the man using a stun gun that doesn’t cause a shock to the whole body, but rather pain only to the area where it is placed. After the man was tased police said he began having convulsions and stopped breathing. CPR was performed, but the man died.

As police sort through the bizarre chain of events leading up to the man’s death a woman who says she is his girlfriend and saw everything claims he was suffering from heat stroke. She told a local radio station her boyfriend was putting his head in a fountain to cool off when security showed up.

“That’s when he was like, ‘Okay, hit me, hit me, you want to fight?’ And that’s when I screamed to him, ‘Babe, you’ve got to stop if you love me, you have to stop right now,'” said the victim’s girlfriend, whose first name is Elena.

But it would escalate. Denver police say the man attacked and bit a zoo employee and when officers tried to arrest him he turned on them.

“This is a situation where you’ve got an individual who you can’t get to comply,” Sonny Jackson with Denver police said. “You can’t just let him walk off for fear he might injure somebody else. So you have to take whatever actions you can to stop the situation.”

“They were trying to grab him but he was so aggressive. There was like five zoo keeper securities and seven cops on top of him,” Elena said. “I didn’t see from behind but there was tasers going, snapping all around and I was just freaked out. That’s when he was like, ‘Baby, I’m dying, help me.’ And I couldn’t help him.”

Elena admitted he resisted arrest and even tried to grab an officer’s stun gun. But she insisted officers overreacted as well.

“We feel for the family, we’re very conscientious of that,” Jackson said. “We also feel for the officers, they don’t feel good about what happened last night; no one does.”

While Elena said her boyfriend wasn’t on drugs, police said they did find drugs and drug paraphernalia on him.

The family met with the chief of staff for Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday wanting more information. But until an autopsy comes back, the cause of death isn’t known.

Three Denver police officers and one zoo employee suffered injuries in the incident that required treatment at a hospital.

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  1. KKK says:

    the police did the right thing . this guy was violent all he had to do was stop and explain himself . the problem is socitey belives that people can do as they please . get with it people we have laws in place for a reason

    1. SmarterThanLibs says:

      You are a moron. HE WAS HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Heat stroke and heat stress can cause a person to be erratic in their behavior. The police SHOULD know this. You are a sheep being led to slaughter. You are too stupid to be allowed to vote.

      1. Johnathan says:

        Horsehockey. Even if he was having a ‘medical emergency’,,, the officers don’t know that and they don’t have to put up with him biting and harming people. I only wish YOU were there trying to calm him and got your butt bitten too.

      2. CLSmoothie says:

        So can Drugs

      3. It`s all good says:

        Another good reason to legalize drugs.

      4. rob nelson says:

        Who else do you think is a “moron”, moron?

      5. sean patriot says:

        THEY DONT CAUSE PEOPLE TO GO AROUND BITING OTHERS, SORRY YOU’RE WRONG, YOU=FAIL

      6. Dr.Spock says:

        There are 49 other states, most were hotter than Colorado yesterday, all have zoo`s. Not one had an incident of a hot attendee attacking & biting zoo employees. You choose to believe his behavior was caused by 83 degree weather & ignore the fact that he had DRUG & DRUG paraphernalia on his person.Cases of DRUG INDUCED erratic behavior far out way that of HEAT STRESS. Therefore LOGIC dictates one must conclude that his CHOICE to use DRUGS and endanger society with his subsequent behavior are the cause of his ultimate demise. One must also consider the fact that most of the information provided for this story was from his girlfriend, which could indicate an altering of the TRUTH. See her comment, “He was not on drugs”. I might be different but when I have drugs in my pocket…I have drugs in my system ! OVERZEALOUS COPS ? Yea the world is full of them, just another consideration one should make when you decide to get high & challenge them. You may be smarter than a lib but that`s nothing to brag about !

      7. Who is John Galt says:

        Medical emergency my arse. People with heat stroke get lethargic [look it up]. They don’t get violent, how gullible are you. Sheesh.

      8. Alx1775 says:

        Heat stroke, or heat exhaustion (the precursor) can cause a person to behave erratically. If he’s upset, the loss of inhibition and situational awareness can lead to a violent reaction. I’ve experienced it myself – it is no picnic.

        It appears in our country that we are abandoning the death penalty for murderers convicted in court, but are enforcing it for the occasional unfortunate soul (oft a moron, sometimes drunk, and sometimes sick- as this case appears to be) who takes a swing at a cop.

      9. mitch52 says:

        A big Gob of Meth can make a person erratic too…

      10. patriotgirl1 says:

        I’m sorry, but you are wrong. He already had bitten someone and his behavior was erratic. When police come upon a scene, they do not know ANYTHING, accept what the dispatcher tells them. HE WOULD NOT COMPLY WITH OFFICERS. It is the officer’s duty to protect LIFE AND PROPERTY. It is their duty to protect everyone at that zoo and still practice officer safety.

      11. Arey Eiderschnay says:

        Smarter, you are absolutely correct. The Sheeple used to understand this. But then again the pigs used to be more concerned for the people they are supposed to be serving than they were for their own lives. Those days are long gone.

      12. Susan says:

        In all likelihood, he was using some type of drug such as meth, cocaine, crack, etc.

      13. Truth Holder says:

        “In all likelihood, he was using some type of drug such as meth, cocaine, crack, etc”

        … or prescription Prozac, or Risperdal.

        Gee, maybe deadly forced should be used against all mentally ill people who’ve ever had any symptoms of a psychotic episode in their life. Maybe you’ve never known anyone who suffers from such a condition through no fault of their own, in which case you’re very lucky, but there are such people out there.

      14. DoTheMath says:

        Your ignorance is profound. Protocol dictates that a person whom is a danger to others or him/herself must be restrained by any means necessary before medical attention can be provided. It took 12 people, I repeat, 12 PEOPLE to restrain him.

        Four people were injured by this man BEFORE the tazing took place. By your logic, unarmed EMT’s should have stabbed him with an IV drip while he was harming them. Go back to elementary and learn basic logic, okay?

        Also, assuming you are smarter than others is no basis for your right to vote…present some actual logic and produce evidence of an education before you call other people “stupid”. Oh and by “evidence”, I mean, “produce a valid argument instead of playground politics, or name calling”. Your “evidence” so far has met no such standard.

      15. Jay Peterman says:

        @SmarterThanLIbs- Hey idiot, heat stroke and heat stress results in dizziness and eventual slip in to an unconscious state. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON? THIS IS A REACTION TO PCP/CRACK IF ANYTHING. AND A PIPE WAS FOUND ON THIS GUY. Why do idiots like you walk this Earth. It’s unsettling to know that people like you are wazlking in society without a clue. Science proves me right: heat= sleep, pcp= seeing other people as monsters.

      16. vic says:

        METH HEAD.

      17. rhokeral says:

        I have dealt with many people having heat stroke and I have never seen heat stroke cause someone to be violent.

      18. rla bruce says:

        The cops weren’t trying to kill him, just restrain him. He’d already shown a willingness to attack people; were they just supposed to follow him around while he attacked others?

      19. suckaman says:

        You can get HIV from a bite.

    2. Pete Harms says:

      Did the right thing??? The man was guilty of having his head in a fountain…. you freaking NUMBSKULL….. The article tells it all… you must submit, or be subject to any means necessary…….

      1. mfirebrand1 says:

        I agree. They propbably suffocated him when they all jumped on him. Flash mob mentality is spreading.

      2. grg says:

        He wasn’t asked to submit because he had his head in a water fountain — he was asked to submit because he committed aggravated battery against one of the security guards, which is an detainable offense. If he never assaulted anyone, the police would not have been involved. Police do not respond to calls of “illegal head placement in water fountains.” The article does tell all, however you read it with a preconceived perception of animosity against law enforcement which clouded your mind from seeing the man’s actions in a sensible light.

      3. rhokeral says:

        Pete,
        Please read the article before commenting.

    3. Philip Inuhoff says:

      You idiot! You think you know the whole story? You are drawing conclusions from a highly edited 2nd hand account.

      Do you really believe the security showed up and the first words the guy says is “Ok hit me”?

      Have you ever had heat stroke? Your brain is cooking! Gee, let’s add some electricity….. I pray you are tasered someday for walking on the grass, or dipping your feet in a pond..or dunking your head in a fountain.

      1. DeputyMarshal says:

        It is abundantly clear that YOU certainly have had a stroke. Apparently it was fatal and you’re just too stupid to lay down. The guy bit at least two people and according to the guys OWN GIRLFRIEND, he tried to grab an o fficers gun. Now i understand that being brain dead and all limits your understanding of those of us in the LIVING world, but when you grab at a cops gun, you are commiting an assault with a deadly weapon. I have some experience in these matters and you, being dead and all, know nothing…Ergo, I win and you lose. Now lay down and shut up like a good lil corpse.

    4. larry says:

      You’re right. Any time a person behaves in a way which is unacceptable, at least according to our “finest”, they should be killed. Good call. Nothing to worry about when our “finest” deploy a dozen cruisers to deal with a single unarmed citizen…. citizen? Oh no… that would imply rights of some sort. No, we are “subjects”

    5. Bill says:

      Yes, heat stroke makes you fight like a bear! The people sticking up for this animal are complete idiots making assumptions without knowing the facts.

      I’ve had heat exhaustion several times and that last thing I would be capable of doing was fighting, much alone taking on 10 plus law enforcement officers like the Incredible Hulk. Besides, it would take me an entire day of high intensity physical labor in the heat to get to that point, while the average McDonald eating animal goes bonkers while walking around at a zoo with ample supplies of hydration and air conditioning to their disposal?

      The best solution would be is to round up all of this garbage off the streets, and send them to the neighborhoods where all of you bleeding heart goof balls live and let you police them. Then let us all know how that works out for you morons!

    6. Jaye says:

      Are you serious! The cops murdered a guy for resisting arrest during a medical issue. I am horrified of the treatment our ‘law enforcement” officers during arrests. How many times this week have we watched a video of cops catching a guy and he assumes the position and the cops beat the hell out of him, normally he is out numbered four or six on one. This is disgusting. and they will get away with it.

      1. Tim says:

        The man was reacting violently and actually bit a worker there, they attempted to grab him and calm him down and yet he still attacked them. Besides, tasers aren’t lethal weapons and should not have caused the man to die, it was just an unusual reaction to the shock that caused the man’s death. No to mention the fact that he may have been taking drugs at the time.

    7. Jon says:

      No, the right thing would have been to detain him without electrocuting and killing him.

      1. suckaman says:

        While getting bitten? While getting punched in the head ?

    8. average man says:

      Youre a double moron. I hope you get accosred by PoPo and “talk back” Mention your RIGHTS . . .You wont get “protect and serve”. . You will get HARASS AND TAZE.
      Again, you are a fool.

      1. suckaman says:

        I am not worried about the DPD because I don’t do drugs and I obey the law. If he would have bitten me or my children I would have put my concealed weapon permit to use .

    9. James Comer says:

      @DOTHEMATH02 who was attempting to be intelligent said:
      “It took 12 people, I repeat, 12 PEOPLE to restrain him.”

      NEWSFLASH: you aren’t a human megaphone… drop the ‘i repeat’ gig.

      1. James Comer says:

        capslock is not ‘coolness on cruise control’

  2. Me says:

    Wow, all because they didn’t just let the guy cool his head off in a fountain.

    1. Matt says:

      No, it’s not because they wouldn’t let him cool off in a fountain. It’s because when he was told not to, he started attacking and biting people. Their decision (right or wrong) to not let him wash his head in a place where people put their mouth to drink water is their decision to make and right to make it. His decision to fight and bite like a 3 yr old is his to make. Both decisions had consequences and his were more severe. If he’d have just behaved like an adult, everything would have been fine.

      1. SmarterThanLibs says:

        You are a moron too. Heat stroke and heat stress can cause erratic and uncontrolled behavior. Police SHOULD know this. Police should NOT escalate confrontations. They should have HELPED him rather than kill him. And cleaning the fountain takes 30 seconds with bleach. Idiot. You are too stupid to be allowed to vote too.

      2. ab says:

        The guy was a psycho. Only because we are experiencing the radical pussification of America do we have these utopian-seeking soccer moms making excuses for grown ass men acting like imbeciles. The first step to restoring America is making people responsible for their own actions and stop passing the buck,

      3. shinea says:

        People SPIT in those things, and you are concerned about someone cooling off their heads??

      4. Randall says:

        The proper response would have been call a fire unit and spray him with a fire hose thus cooling him down but with enough force to put him on the sidewalk. Tasers in hot weather on a person with heat stroke will absolutely cause a heart attack

      5. Tim says:

        He’s on amphetamines and that’s why he is hot. Excited delirium caused by meth overdose. It’s not uncommon. The taser has nothing to do with it. His body over-temped because he smoke too much meth. That’s why he was trying to cool off and that’s why he was belligerent. But it’s not the officers’ or taser’s fault.

      6. Who is John Galt says:

        Hey Smarter than Libs, his drug addled girlfriend said it was heat stroke. You believe her

        Hey SmarterthanLibs. his drug addled Girlfriend [medical knowledge probably zero] said it was heat stroke and you believe her?
        It wasn’t even hot out, and people with heat stroke are lethargic, they tend to sit or lay down and die unless they get help, they wouldn’t be capable of this kind of violence. Open your eyes. His violence was due to the drugs in his system which led to his ultimate demise. Plenty of drug addicts kill cops and other innocent people, Better him than some guy taking his family to the zoo.

  3. Dave Shaffer says:

    Yeah, I reckon it should be against the “law” to soak your head when it’s hot.

    1. Mike R says:

      You don’t soak your head in a public water fountain where people drink. This loser should have forked over $1.25 for a large ice water and then headed to the indoor reptile exhibit…but now he’s dead. He got aggressive over security approaching him….and now he’s dead. Nice try Dave…SWING and a MISS. lol@you

      1. Arey Eiderschnay says:

        Being “noncompliant” and “aggressive”, even if they are crimes, do not warrant the death penalty. Pigs have no right to serve as judge, jury and executioner. Even the dumbest sheeple should know this. Mike R, your inability to apply logic and attendant lack of critical thinking skills indicate that you are either enrolled in a public middle school, or a Democrat, or both.

  4. Hank Smith says:

    I would not be surprised if the autopsy shows the guy was smoking wet. I am not a doctor, so I can’t attest to violence being an indicator of heat exhaustion/stroke. The violent reaction would indicate he was under the influence of marijuania laced with PCP/formaldihyde. Weed don’t make people mean unless it has assistance. Meth would also cause someone to be extra hot and then violent. We will see.

    1. Shinea says:

      Either that or he had HEAT STROKE and couldn’t “think” at all.

      1. kid cool says:

        i run around the playground in 95 degrees and no one has gotten heat stroke at my school.

  5. Davis says:

    Tasers are safe.

    1. Shinea says:

      Safer than a club upside the head or a bullet.

  6. Erik says:

    Can we ban the tasers yet or do we need more mild offenders being given the death penalty? I don’t care if it wasn’t intended. This is happening way way too often. It is unacceptable and needs to be stopped.

    The police have already proven they cannot be trusted with guns, now they cannot be trusted with tasers either. I’d be happy if all they had was pepper spray and a billy club.

    1. Common_Sense says:

      Mild offender? Really? Did you even read the article? He wasn’t being arrested for dipping his head in the fountain. He was being arrested because he became violent and non-compliant. He bit multiple people for crying out loud! I’m not sure why this is even being investigated because if you resist the police, there will ALWAYS be consequences. Oh, and Erik, when the thugs show up at your house with automatic weapons looking to rob you, make sure you ask for the cops that only carry pepper spray and billy clubs. See how that works out for you!

      1. SmarterThanLibs says:

        Heat stress and heat stroke causes erratic behavior. The cops SHOULD know this. You are a moron for not knowing it as well. This guy should have been helped rather than killed while having a medical emergency. You are too stupid to be allowed to vote.

    2. Steve says:

      Yes, whether police are not being trained properly in their use – the witness said that many tasers were used on him, not just one, which is probably what killed him, or whether they just plain aren’t sufficiently safe, combined with the view in this generation by police that they are not civil servants, but civil rmasters is causing too many manslaughters by police.

    3. Tim says:

      Erik, he OD’d. His heatstroke was caused by meth raising his core temperature above fatal limits. The Taser has nothing to do with it. If anything, it allowed medical workers to give him treatment. If they hadn’t restrained him, he a) still would have died and b) hurt more people. The humane course of action was to restrain him without injury (what the taser did) and let medical workers try to treat him (which they did). But if the meth already fired his brain and organs, he’s going to die. People overheat and die on meth everyday. The taser just let us treat this person before he died.

    4. Arey Eiderschnay says:

      Erik, you are exactly right. Well said.

    5. Dr. Drew says:

      One thing that has been surely proven…People can not be trusted to use drugs responsibly !

    6. suckaman says:

      If he bit you and gave you HIV how would you feel?

  7. joe says:

    he probably died of a heart attack

  8. mike says:

    It’s a sad day when an ill person is murdered buy the people sent to help. Cops have been dealing with these issued for decades without using lethal force! Something simular happened yesterday in Phoenix but, we have it on tape. Two people shocked (attempted murder) standing still with no weapons in the middle of the street. Remember the cops are not the judge and jury. They do not deal out punishment. At least that’s the way we all have been raised. By the way I am part of the RightWing Consterousy.

  9. enough says:

    Why do we need at least 14 police cars to control a person who has no weapons? If they just wanted to kill the suspect, one single police would be enough

    1. rob says:

      what is a police?

    2. Julie Richards says:

      Because the cops are like sharks they smell blood and they all swam to the action!

  10. davo says:

    If you notice in one of the pictures, there are 15 cop cars. Even if there is only one cop per car, that is a least 15 cops to subdue one person. Sure seems like too many to subdue one unarmed man and lots of area likely remain unpatroled for several hours

    1. gus says:

      Davo, there was a Police tasering and a death. That is why there were so many police cars. Put your bong down sonny.

      1. Adam says:

        Put young dung down there Gussy poo. That poo will killl u

    2. suckaman says:

      Unless you are high on meth

  11. Keith says:

    Drug induced freak out. Cops found the stuff on him despite what his girl said.

  12. ClarkT says:

    That’s a shame. He’d be alive today if they had just opened up a firehose on him instead of the taser.

    1. stone says:

      I vote this as best comment.

    2. Who is John Galt says:

      That depends on what your definition of “a shame” is. A violent drug addict is dead, he won’t be killing any innocent people and we won’t have to pay for him in prison. That is NOT what I’d call a shame.

  13. Ajleiafj says:

    Had to throw in the last part about drugs…

    1. dudeman says:

      wouldn’t be part of the story if he didn’t have drugs on him

      1. Kusokurae says:

        Better plant some drugs on him so they can feel better about murdering him. They do it all the time.

    2. Who is John Galt says:

      You have something against the truth. Must be a leftist.

      1. suckaman says:

        Yea they planted drugs on him in front of all those witnesses? Better yet lets say he didn’t do it , it was the one armed man.

  14. gus says:

    Yes he’d still be alive if he hadn’t taken those DRUGS.

    Why do you think they call it dope.

  15. Bob says:

    ““You can’t just let him walk off for fear he *might* injure somebody else. So you have to take whatever actions ….”

    Yeah, so kill him and skip letting things cool off for a couple of minutes and letting him calm down over a cold drink and ice pack.

  16. wilbur says:

    Why do the have about 20 Freakin Cop cars there for this incident involving 1 man? What a bunch of Tax leaching gung ho steroid pumped wanna be warriors. Is this much tax money (cars, manpower and probably a police chopper) needed for this incident?

    1. Steve says:

      In the future, police academies and police hiring should involve psychological tests to weed out applicants who get their kicks exercising force or authority over others.

      1. Romantic Violence says:

        They do. It’s called the MMPI and is really measures nothing. You are dealing with a particular personality type. Fromm calls it the sado-masichist personality. Persons of this type usually accept orders and authority as long as they can impose their will upon others and moreover SM types suffer from co-morbid disorders such as sociopathology and narcissitic personality disorders. Thus they are mentally phucked up

      2. Who is John Galt says:

        Check out the SEIU thugs / Obama voters MSNBC watchers to see that kind of behavior. They take there orders from the Goons at the top of our Communist government. As Obama said, if they bring a knife we bring a gun. Thugs are running this country with orders from Obama, Holder, and George Soros.

    2. Brutus says:

      Remember that next time some out of control whacko running amock jumps on you and is beating you down and there’s nothing but a 120 lb female security guard there to help you because they didnt’ want any overkill. She’ll sit on the walkie talkie after he flings her off with one arm while you are beaten to the point you lose control of your bowels and then complain there was no help.

      Get a diaper, you’re gonna need it. Have you ever even seen a real man fight before? Much less tried to hold one down while he’s biting, kicking, and punching? The safest way to subdue someone is with large numbers, not one on one death-matches. They’re there for 10 minutes. I think the taxpayers can afford that.

  17. Andy VanMiddlesworth says:

    Pure nonsense the temperature wasn’t even 90 degree on Monday Heatstroke my foot. ,this jerk was freaking out on drugs and the girlfriend is looking for a payday by talking to the media right after her “boyfriends death ..

  18. emr says:

    based on the account in the article, the police didn’t have much choice. Asking someone to not drench their head in a public drinking fountain isn’t unreasonable. The response from the individual definitely was. Whether it was drug induced or a heat stroke is irrlevant after the indiviual becomes violent. The individual needs to be subdued before he injures himself or someone else, and using this type of taser rarely, if ever causes death. While tragic and unfortunate for all parties involved, the police did what would be considered standard operating procedure probably nationwide. To those that disagree, what would you prefer…to allow this erratically behaving man that has already behaved violently run around the park and bite people??? Idiots.

    1. Chad says:

      Couldn’t they have simply tackled the guy and cuffed him ? How many officers were there ? 6 ? 7? 10, maybe ?

  19. sean patriot says:

    LIBERALS,LOLOL

    GTFO 2012

  20. Charles says:

    “tasers going, snapping all around”…that is all I would need to know as a wrongful death attorney.

    1. sean patriot says:

      YOU’RE 100% OF THE PROBLEM IN THIS SISTER BOY SPOILED BRAT COUNTRY

      1. Chicago Nick says:

        ““tasers going, snapping all around”…that is all I would need to know as a wrongful death attorney.”

        What would you expect from that illegal alien whacked up girlfriend? For her to say “yea he deserved it, I told him to wait for that last crack hit”…? That’s why they or she wouldn’t print her last name.

        She was either a Muslim. a ghetto momma or an illegal and I’m going with illegal Latino for the win Alex

        Whenever the surname is missing that’s the case just like the MSM always leaves out (D) when it’s a democrat busted. Every time they do it nowadays. That’s a sure fire sign every time indicating the above is the case..

    2. Who is John Galt says:

      When someone dies a lot of “cops” show up. Since you have no reason to believe the picture was taken before he died other than your own anti-cop bias the picture was probably taken after he died. The reporters tend to show up around that time with the cameras to spin the news for leftists like you.

  21. grg says:

    5 security guards and 7 police officers and they couldn’t take him down?

    PCP.

  22. hard9 says:

    20 cop cars– filled the zoo with union goons for one dead druggie– Send the bill to the girlfriend

  23. Chicago Nick says:

    What can they do?

    Are they supposed to just let him run rampant and perhaps ‘off’ someone or injure someone else? If he was heat stricken as the girlfriend says most humans become passive during heat stroke, not more combative, which further elevates their ‘already high’ body temperature.

    So that leads one to believe he was either whacked on illicit drugs or was having a prescription med reaction. Almost every person that dies from tazing it turns up later they were all jacked on crack cocaine. Just about every time, or crystal methamphetamine.

    30 years ago they just shoot him dead, so at least they tried to subdue him with the lesser weapon. If the cop beats him down with a nightstick then he gets sued of vilified for that. Why ANYONE would wanna be a cop in this PC wussified world is beyond me, I wouldn’t do it.

    The criminals get more sympathy than they do for risking their lives every day with the nuts, illegals and ghettoites we have running wild like animals today.

    1. Chad says:

      Perhaps one of the half dozen or more cops on the scene could have, you know, TACKLED and cuffed the guy ? You know, like they used to miraculously be able to do before they had tasers on their hips ? Tasers kille people ALL THE TIME. Sometimes they incapacitate the suspect, sometimes the KILL them. Why do you think they are banned all over the world ?

  24. Brutus says:

    I work out in the hot sun and humidity every day, all day. Heat exhaustion does not make you violent. It makes you quite the opposite. There is more to this story. Anyone walking around a zoo to the point they get heat stroke has some issues to begin with. But even that I do not think would make one violent. It’s too debilitating for someone to fight much at all, much less hold off seven officers. I suspect meth or something like it. A hot day would not sit well if you’re a tweaker.

    1. Steve says:

      Possibly, but the autopsy results aren’t reported here.

  25. Susan says:

    Once again, the aggressor is the “victim” while the police are the brutal thugs who tried to stop this guy from hurting them. I would get checked for rabies because this animal was trying to and did bite them. Of course, if a lion was loose and got tazed and died, the libs would have the same excuse… “It had heat stroke, you should have let him kill you… animals have rights too! Sob!

  26. Hawaii5O says:

    Google excited delerium and taser deaths and nearly all will describe this guy to a T. Nearly all taser deaths are preceded by the person naked, freaking out and bizarre and uncontrollable. Most of the time they are assaulting other people, breaking into their homes while this is happening This is because they are about to check out from an OD and there body temp is off the charts. the taser isnt the cause of death. Back in the day Pepper spray was said to cause deaths on these same type of individuals. The other option on the use of force chart is a baton. Take your pick.

  27. Oathkeeper Mike says:

    I think the problem is that most police officers are looking for a way to dominate in every situation, rather than collaborate. Look at what they carry with them: Sidearm, pepper spray, handcuffs, baton, taser. That right there would tell anyone where the mindset is when they strap all that on to their belt. Every problem is now a nail to be hammered.

    We need fewer “law enforcement officers” and more “officers of the peace”.

  28. dave says:

    Check out picture, 16 squad cars in that shot, how many more officers were there for one man? I took down a 300 lb bull in my field yesterday by myself to castrate him. Looks like a show of force that in the end killed a man. Should be officer proscution.

    To many poeple getting kissed when they shouldn’t. Try going after the criminals for a change.

    1. suckaman says:

      Was your bull on meth?

  29. John C says:

    What medications (in addition to illegal drugs) was he on?

  30. Old Sparky Resurrected says:

    Wrongo folks.
    That’s 17 cop cars at the scene. Not 14, or 15. Look carefully around the edges of the photo under the trees. I see the GI Joe mentality of police all the time around here. Cops use to use common sense, but now it is okay to “ready, fire, aim”.

    Tasers should be illegal. Period. I fail to comprehend how any human being can self-justify that sending this much voltage and current through a human body is not dangerous to the victim. It’s just plain common sense. If it’s not an issue, go stand in water and stick your finger in an electrical outlet and let us know how that works out for you.

    Old Sparky as an execution tool was outlawed many years ago as cruel and unusual punishment. Tasers have become miniature versions of the electric chair but are not questioned. We can’t water board terrorists, but cops can electrocute American citizens on the street at their own discretion.

    What happened to the old days when they bent your arm around your back and threw you to the ground? A broken arm is a lot better than cardiac arrest. I guess Tasers reduce their dry cleaning bills and because they get less dirt on their pressed uniforms.

    1. grg says:

      You did read the part of the article where it stated that 12 men could not hold him down, right?

    2. Truth Holder says:

      “Tasers should be illegal. Period”

      They are… for the rest of us.

    3. Who is John Galt says:

      Your electrical knowledge leaves something to be desired. Ignorance, the joy of the left. You know so much that isn’t so.

    4. suckaman says:

      Maybe that is why meth is illegal

  31. Mihcael says:

    How many stories do we have to read about police responding too aggressively to understand that many are just looking for some action to prove themselves. Sounds similar to the guy that was having a similar episode in Brooklyn I believe. He was crawling out onto a fire escape and the tools thought it would be a good idea to taser him repedly until he fell to his death. We could find dozens of similar examples of dumb police overracting to a medical emergency. Our police need to quit being overzealous and need to start applying some common sense. WTH can-t they just wressle the guy to the ground. We should take away police tazers and make them use lasos or something until they realize they aren-t toys.

    1. herculesONpcp says:

      A) Police were not responding to a medical emergency. They were responding to the assault of a Denver Zoo employee.

      B) Did you read this part: “There was like five zoo keeper securities and seven cops on top of him,” Elena said.

    2. Romantic Violence says:

      Why don’t we just disarm the police? The English didn’t carry firearms for well over 150 years and English society didn’t collapse?

      1. ab says:

        And then gunpowder was discovered.

        next…

      2. suckaman says:

        Because criminals can get illegal weapons just like illegal drugs. Also then every time you arrest a drugged out wacko it becomes a physical mma fight. Also they have armed police personnel now because of the new terrorist threat. In the past the English cops would have beaten him to a pulp and that wont work in our sue crazed society.

  32. grg says:

    You are confusing the actions of the SECURITY GUARDS with the actions of the POLICE OFFICERS. The security guards were responding to the water fountain incident, the police were responding to the assault on the security guard.

    1. suckaman says:

      I think they ran into his fists and teeth violating his personal space .

  33. Circle8 says:

    This sounds as if it was Bush’s fault. There are nmerous things one can do to counter act over heating but you must have more than a single digit IQ to accomplish any of them.

    Oh to the idiot that thought the Police Officers should recogonize any medical problems they are not doctors. They would recognize your problems because they do recognize physco’s.

  34. Kelly says:

    I’d like to know if he had been violent in the past. I’ve never been in a fight, but during a seizure I tried to beat up my sister. If he was having convulsions after he was tased, most likely he was in a seizure state due to dehydration. No way could the officers have known about that though. Just bad luck all around.

  35. firstpoppa says:

    Several people to control one guy?

    Why do I think “drugs were involved”?

  36. eric says:

    Common symptoms and signs of heat stroke include:

    high body temperature,

    the absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin,

    rapid pulse,

    difficulty breathing,

    strange behavior,

    hallucinations,

    confusion,

    agitation,

    disorientation,

    seizure, and/or

    coma.

    6 of those could resemble drug induced behaviors. Wait for the toxicology report.

    1. zombierocket says:

      Concur… wait for the report. Odds are it’s a combination of things.

  37. Rick says:

    “You can’t just let him walk off for fear he might injure somebody else. So you have to take whatever actions you can to stop the situation.”

    Interesting comment, I think wew could say the same about the police – we should tak whatever action to stop the cops from tasering and shooting people as if they are at a carnival game….

    1. John Roberts says:

      You’d hum a far different tune if your girlfriend or wife was the zoo employee that freak attacked…..and the cops allowed him to stroll away……then in classic lib style you’d be belly-aching about cops who didn’t do their jobs…

  38. seaden says:

    I hope the injured Zoo security and police officers have retained lawyers so they can sue this guys family for their injuries, pain suffering and emotional distress. Rather then comply with the requests of the officers he chose to be combative and assault any and everyone. The autopsy report should be interesting. Will the media report be as sensational if it turns out he was High on drugs.

  39. Fed Up says:

    Maybe he shouldn’t have gone to the zoo on such a hot day. Bet they find remnents of alchohl in him. Honestly he may have been suffering from heat stroke but he was out of control and actually biting people, If the poor police had let him go he could have hurt someone else and then the police would have been in trouble for not stopping him. As far as I am concerned the police did the right thing and his girlfriend can just get over it.

  40. Ponte says:

    Learning solved!!

  41. Mr. END says:

    Excellent. Progress Is Being Made. Police are Perfection.

  42. ab says:

    7 cops and 5 security guards? Now thats some good sh!t right there? Would have made for a better story if Junkie McRoidhead took on the pit of tigers instead.

  43. Fed Up says:

    To those that feel the need to call people names. Why is it that no one else is entitled to an opinion but you. You must be a democrat-they like to call others names when they don’t agree with them.

    1. ab says:

      Hypocrite. Stop making conservatives look bad.

  44. Oathkeeper Mike says:

    QUOTE: “You did read the part of the article where it stated that 12 men could not hold him down, right?”

    Well if there were 12 of them and they couldn’t hold the victim down, then they certainly weren’t “manly men”…

    …and don’t give me that “superhero strength from meth” line, he doesn’t weigh more than twelve men, and he can’t lift 1,800 pounds while being restrained.

    1. suckaman says:

      Not all cops are 6’2″ and 225 pounds. Also he bit some of them (transmit HIV). Have you ever restrained some one? If there is sweat on him he would be like a snake. People on adrenaline lift cars off people, so add meth and yes you have a man that is temporarily “super human”.

  45. Baggie says:

    Same thing here – we had a guy having a diabetic episode – rambling speech – acted ‘drunk’ to an ignorant cop – so they Tasered him three times. All that is important to them is that you comply with directions or they will kill you. Don’t matter if you are sick – old – young – whatever. Cops need their power fix first.

    1. well duh says:

      Were you there?

      If not – you dont know what happened.

      If yes – perhaps you should have explained what has happening to the officer

  46. ab says:

    The police were clearly racist. Damn whites!

    lol.

    1. Marble60 says:

      With reference to my comment above, my son-in-law is white and was sober and not on drugs. It didn’t stop them from beating him. They’re lucky they didn’t kill him is all I can say. Not for lack of trying.

  47. Christopher Bowen says:

    This is the norm for how police “serve and protect” in this century in the US. They seem to have a collective NEED to attack someone like this, who is obviously having a medical emergency. They have been trained to be aggressive, and assume they are in danger. . . .which to them is just an excuse to kick some a$$. We are quickly becoming a sick and twisted police state.

  48. Jack says:

    The only facts that are actually known here are that there was a scuffle, a taser was used by the police, and the tased person died. This same story has happened hundreds of times all around the country. Wake up people, tasers do kill.. they should be taken away from the control freaks using them.

    1. John Roberts says:

      I’m all for going back to the days of wooden batons and german shepards subduing the out of control nutbags that people like yourself coddle…

      1. Jack says:

        At least the clubs and dogs will leave hard evidence behind that can be used to prosecute the control freaks with.. they will not be able to hide behind the taser ‘non-lethality’ myth..

  49. lukuj says:

    even if it was the heat, not drugs, why in the world was he at the zoo if it was so hot? Why don’t we any longer expect people to have common sense? I’m sorry he is dead, but he put himself in this position.

  50. Bob J says:

    Sounds like he was tasered multiple times with stun guns on maximum power — and therefore probably an overreaction on the part of the police. Kind of like when they keep shooting bullets into a perp after he’s obviously already dead as a doorknob. So much for self-restraint and professionalism. To “Serve and Protect” the public are becoming very hollow words. Do a search of police brutality videos and you might not believe you’re living in a first-world nation.

  51. Hal says:

    My biggest problem with this whole scenario is ignoring the man’s health crisis and two that 7 people cannot handle a distress man?

    Why do police resort to “force” when dealing with a beligerent person?

    I thought police were trained to handle 1 person non-violently.

  52. Donald Scott says:

    The police took an enormous risk to get close enough to Taser him.

    Couldn’t they have just shot him from a distance?

    I thank the police for taking the risks they do every day–and getting close enough to Taser someone when they should be shooting anyone who looks at them cross-eyed is going above and beyond, in my book.

    Signed, Donald Scott
    Los Angeles

  53. keith says:

    and his family will sue and get millions!

  54. John Roberts says:

    I’m delighted that this POS is dead. Gee…wonder how many other times he’s gotten violent with people. Heat stroke my butt….this guy was a freak who like to settle simple disagreements by bullying and with violence……finally he’s gone….

  55. Oathkeeper Mike says:

    QUOTE: I’m sorry he is dead, but he put himself in this position.

    By going to the zoo???…

    …maybe we should all stay home if police are going to be out and about, ya think?

    1. suckaman says:

      No I suggest we let him bite you and transmit HIV or some other disease.

  56. LiberalSlayer says:

    Drugged up crazy man bites people and then gets tased. Officers must use force to capture crazed druugie when he attempts to take a stun gun from an officer. What is the problem here? Oh, the 83 degree heat made him aggressive? Try the meth he was smoking made him a nut case. They should have shot him in the head.

  57. Cj Rail says:

    Bite someone and fail to submit to the almighty police = death penalty. That’s about right in Amerika. It’s still unclear when the biting began. Was he simply erratic and then when confronted by police and zoo personnel that he resisted and began to bite. You people with a lack of understanding of physiology are ignorant.

    It’s nice to know that the police operate on fear. That’s very courageous. It’s like a high speed pursuit where the police can stand to deescalate by backing off. It’s the we have to do something mentality regardless of outcome.

  58. TheGman says:

    Either it was a medical issue or he was on drugs still the guy was biting people. That`s it with his teeth biting people, its not like hes gonna eat everyone`s flesh. From reading the article it seems like they shot multiple tasers at him, I don`t care what police say get enough of them in you and it will kill you medically everyone is different. It also blows my mind that police could not just tackle the guy and restrain him. One man could not hold down so many people and other people could just in to restrain him.

    I am even iffy on if he even had drugs on him or not. The police just killed a man for a matter that was not even that big. Its not like he had a gun and was holding people hostage. So maybe he did or not have drugs on him but it would not put it past me that police would just make that up to cover their butts.

    The man did not deserve to die, and police will get away with it with a slap on the wrist….

  59. MHSpaeth says:

    Why is there fifteen police cars there? Do we need that many police, plus the zoo security to detain one person. He may have been in the wrong , but talk about overkill.

  60. LiberalSlayer says:

    His girlfriend said seven security guards and police could not subdue this drugged up psycho. They would have been justified in shooting him. They were just trying to use a lesser level of force than deadly force but he kept fighting so they can escalate.
    Personally I would have shot him between the eyes if he was biting my partner.

  61. SCM says:

    7 cops around an unarmed man, and they have to resort to tasers? What a bunch of pansies!

  62. bob o link says:

    Do what police tell you, don’t resist then you don’t die………… sad but avoidable by the victim

  63. Bewildered? says:

    Are you serious! 7 cops and several security officers couldnt get 1 person on the ground and handcuffed ??This is pathetic police work period,more like an outrage!!

  64. Bob J says:

    “A man is dead after allegedly fighting with police officers at the Denver Zoo on Monday. Now Denver police are investigating whether the officers responded appropriately.” Isn’t it great that cops get to investigate one another in Denver? Reminds me of Congress investigating their own members who have done something questionable. They get away with all kinds of stuff because they protect one another. When cops are as popular as members of Congress — who have an under 10% approval rating — it won’t be good for anyone, especially the cops who consider themselves above the law.

  65. James Morris says:

    I find it fascinating how the news report states in the first paragraph that the officers are being investigated to determine if they acted appropriately. What unbelievable bias. This guy ends up sending four people to the hospital, and all they did to him was dry stun taze him. He died as a result but big whoopee. You can argue medical condition until you are blue in the face but homes was packing drugs and paraphernalia on him and if he was high that would have only made his situation worse, It was his own damn fault. Synopsis: Don’t go to the zoo high when it is really hot because then you will act like a fool and die after you send four people to the hospital.

    1. Spanky says:

      “I find it fascinating how the news report states in the first paragraph that the officers are being investigated to determine if they acted appropriately”

      UH, such investigations are common when there are deaths that occur when the police are involved. Would you want it otherwise?

      The odds are that the officers did nothing wrong and just followed procedure and training, but they still have to go through the investigation.

  66. Truth Holder says:

    Whether there were drugs involved or not, this was probably an overreaction on the police’s part. The oblivious comment by the police officer about getting the individual to comply speaks volumes how the procedure followed did not fit the situation at hand, and everyone up the chain who excused those under them for following procedures in place should be reprimanded (at the very least) for allowing the procedures in place to let this happen.

    Note that the cop didn’t say the force used was justified by any direct and present danger posed by the individual, but was used because “you can’t just let him walk off”. There had to have been other ways to contain him than repeated simultaneous taserings, which was just overkill, until the EMTs arrived to sedate and restrain him.

  67. Dr. Ed says:

    As a medical professional, my gut reaction is that it is almost certainly drugs. It is extremely unlikely that he would be having a heat stroke in low 80 degree weather where he would be moving in and out of shade, access to water, and cool buildings.

    1. Doctor My Eye says:

      Are you sure your name isn’t Mr. Ed and you’re talking out of your “southern” side? A real doctor would not make a statement as you have not knowing the particluars. And if you were a doctor, which I doubt, you’d know behavior the victim showed is possible sue to heat stroke.

      1. Doctor My Eye says:

        “particulars”…typo corrected. Dang, the background on this site is atrocious.

  68. Mr. Reality says:

    People acting crazy, victims being bit, people becoming dumber as we speak… I’ve seen this before. This is the beginning of the Zombie-pocalypse!!! Run for your lives!

  69. Harleyxx says:

    You know the cops planted the drugs on this guy in order to justify killing him. This happens all the time.

  70. Bob says:

    This story is poorly reported that’s why you get all of these goofy posts. It ciould have been heat (highly unlikely if he put up a fight), it could have been drugs, a Taser is a brand name he was hit with a stun gun, two very different devices, something a repoter should know if they are going to use it in a story.

    For all the wantabee medics your not going to take on seven people and a stun gun when your going through heat stroke, you’ll drop first. Since Denever is a drug meca in the US these days (especially for meth), I’m going with a tweeker

  71. Rick Aztlan says:

    Nobody should be passing judgement on the officers’ conduct until the toxicology report is submitted. The actions of the deceased were not consistent with heat stroke, but rather EXCITED DELIRIUM. One of the primary symptoms of ED is a feeling of intense heat in the head area. Many of these individuals seek water to lower their temperatures and frequently jump into bodies of water, or in domestic situations will run into showers and turn them on. ED is a reaction to cocaine use. Nobody can be sure of this situation until the blood toxicology is complete. So all you police haters, should get a grip. I doubt that you will be praising the cops if the deceased had ED.

  72. noah says:

    actually i just got the coroners report…he drowned in the fountain.

  73. LiberalSlayer says:

    Just another dead meth-head. Mess with the bull you get the horns!

  74. The Smoking Man says:

    If I had to choose between getting shot, getting clubbed, or getting tased…I choose the taser every day of the week. Though, my first choice is to actually be an accountable citizen & to not cause problems at family establishments like the zoo.

  75. Steve says:

    I blame the zoo for being open. People are too stupid to realize that, when its hot outside, you need to drink water and stay cool. We need a nanny state, and we need it now!

  76. Concerned Citizen says:

    SO there were at least 7 cops on top of this guy and they could not get cuffs on him? This is a case of the cops going crazy. The family should sue.

    Please.

  77. SW says:

    Obama would say….

    The police acted “Stupidly”

  78. BG says:

    Thank God the police were able to stop him before he bit somebodies crotch off or something.

  79. malibu says:

    How much Mountain Dew did he have?

  80. Chris Smith says:

    This has Zombie invasion written all over it.

  81. Drew says:

    Roy Halladay from the Phillies was pulled from a game Sunday night with heat exhaustion because he could barely throw a baseball 60 feet. Keep in mind this was a pro athlete and not some random every day Joe at the zoo. No word on whether he tried to fight the whole coaching staff when he got to the clubhouse, but after seeing the clips on TV I really doubt he had it in him.

  82. Terry Furlough says:

    Blacks arent as prone to heat strokes as whitey..

  83. Terry Furlough says:

    ZOMBIE ATTACKS AT ZOO!!?? 12 people to get him down?? Look at the number of police cars in the photos.. over a “rowdy person” at the zoo?? BS.. 3 cops get bit.. one visitor… watch these people closely folks.. remember rule #2 DOUBLE TAP TO THE HEAD..

  84. 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.

    1. suckaman says:

      I am not sure if he was in the right or wrong but I bet he wished he was tased !

  85. Pittsburgh Vince says:

    I have only one question: How many “non-lethal” taser bursts does it take to kill someone?

  86. MollysDad says:

    Note to self: when receiving the following fortune cookie at lunch, “It is better to die like the lion, then to live like the pu$$y .” It’s best not to take the fortune literally. I dunno you may want to reach for another fortune cookie at that point?

  87. Missingyou says:

    If youwould like to make a donation his family has fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank In Loving Memory Of Alonzo Ashley the acct # 2248254308 Thank You!

    1. suckaman says:

      How do I know this $ will not go to buy more meth?

  88. Albert L. Butler says:

    the reason he was erratic and/or violent is irreverent.. subduing an unarmed suspect should never result in death.. period. Biting is now punishable by death??? really??? Police overreacted and a person lost their life needlessly… This cant be acceptable in a free society.

  89. ananymous says:

    then again it says so that she was afraid because multiple tasers were going off…she said so herself. “I didn’t see from behind but there was tasers going, snapping all around and I was just freaked out. That’s when he was like, ‘Baby, I’m dying, help me.’ And I couldn’t help him.” doesn’t a person get frustrated when there are a load full of people on top. maybe the man was claustrophobic. IF the cops knew what they were doing y did they use multiple tazers? they are bound by law to only use one or two tasers because more can cause serious health problems. the taser delivers an 18-26 watt signal that overrides the nervous system….even if the man can fight through the shock he would HAVE to fall. since he was on the ground this is what must have caused the “resistance”. i by experience know that our survival instinct kicks in when we know that if this continues we will die. even if he was on drugs…how is it possible for a man to fight 12 other people? 7 officers. it normally takes around 4 officers to subdue a person on drugs. a bit more depending on weight. 5 if he is biting. my uncle is 220 pounds well built and he is currently serving time for aggravated assault. he resisted and they still took him down while he was on drugs. he was dropped by 6 officers. but if the cops knew that multiple tasers can cause harm y did they use them? and the guy said that he was dying. if the girl heard him, surely the cops must have heard it too.

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