Sheriff Criticized Over Man Who Died After Being Tasered

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The local sheriff's department says it might not know for weeks whether a deputy's Taser shocks killed a man in a brief confrontation.

But the Shawnee County sheriff continues to face criticism over the incident.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. worker Walter E. Haake Jr., 59, died early Sunday. An ambulance and two deputies had responded to a report that he was having a medical emergency.

He was in his car at Goodyear's north Topeka plant, and the deputies asked him to get out. After he refused repeatedly, a deputy used her Taser.

According to various accounts, he was handcuffed and didn't respond when deputies asked him to rise.

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