By: Matt Nodge
Man struck by taser dies in hospital
A man struck by an Edmonton police taser is dead, two days after being sent to hospital in a coma.
Family member’s confirmed Saturday that 34-year old Jeff Oatway succumbed to his injuries Friday in an Edmonton hospital.
Police said Oatway had to be subdued with the electronic stun gun after getting involved in what they called a “massive struggle” at police headquarters on Wednesday.
Oatway’s mother said her son struggled with mental health issues and was not always able to get the help that he needed.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, which reports to the province’s Solicitor General, is investigating the tasering incident.
“We’ll try and understand what was going on in the affected person’s life, in the moments, hours, and days leading up to the incident,” Clif Purvis, the agency’s civilian executive director, told CTV News.
Tasers have been linked to the deaths of more than 25 people in the country, but the company that makes them maintains they are a safe form of incapacitating police suspects, and says they have never been proven to have directly caused a death in Canada.