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Student Shot With Stun Gun Dies

CINCINNATI, Aug. 8 (UPI) — An 18-year-old student died after police used a stun gun on him on the University of Cincinnati campus, officials say.

Everette Howard, who was attending college prep classes at the university, went into cardiac arrest after being stunned by police Saturday and could not be resuscitated, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The cause of Howard’s death was still unknown.

“I want to emphasize we don’t know what the cause of the death is at this point,” UC Assistant Police Chief Jeff Corcoran said.

Police arrived at the University of Cincinnati in response to a 911 call about an assault.

Corcoran said as the officers were trying to get to the bottom of the matter, Howard approached them in an agitated state with balled fists.

After asking him to stop moving several times, an officer stunned Howard with one cycle of the Taser and subdued him.

While checking the student’s condition, officers said he had a good pulse and was breathing, but appeared to have an “altered mental status.”

Corcoran said an internal investigation was examining the use of force by the officer who stunned Howard. Another investigation is trying to trace the original of the 911 call.

“We are extremely unhappy and upset at the outcome of this call,” Corcoran said. “No one wants to see the death of an 18-year-old. It was not anyone’s intention. The officer is very distraught.”

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