APD: Man dies in custody shortly after being tased in South Austin

A man has died in police custody shortly after being tased by officers in South Austin, says Austin police.

APD says officers were dispatched to a home on West Slaughter Lane Tuesday afternoon for a trespass urgent call. The caller said her children's father was acting strangely and refused to leave.

Officers made contact with a 41-year-old Hispanic male who had been previously been issued a criminal trespass notice for the home in early March. APD says a criminal trespass notice prohibits someone from returning to a property for a year or they are subject to arrest.


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Austin police say the man began resisting and fighting two officers trying to arrest him for violating the trespass notice. Following efforts to gain voluntary compliance, officers eventually used a taser. Once in handcuffs, the man experienced a medical emergency.

ATCEMS was already on scene and attempted life-saving measures. Despite this, the man was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

Austin police say the two officers have been placed on administrative duty and that APD's Internal Affairs and Special Investigations units are conducting concurrent investigations into the incident. This is standard protocol for in-custody deaths.

APD says the officers on administrative duty have been with the department for two and four years respectively.