Shawnee County officials on Tuesday identified the person who died after officers used a Taser stun gun on him as a Lawrence resident.
The sheriff's office is investigating to determine whether they did anything wrong Friday night when they used a Taser on Walter Edward Haake Jr., of rural Lawrence.
Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, sheriff's officers were sent to Topeka's Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on a medical call, according to a department news release. Goodyear security officers were trying to keep an employee from leaving the plant in his car because they didn't think he could safely drive, the release stated.
After several attempts to control the employee, a deputy used his Taser, and the man was removed from the car. The man became unresponsive and resuscitation was attempted. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
The Shawnee County coroner is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of death. The sheriff's office is conducting a review of the incident.
A man who answered the phone Tuesday at the Haake residence declined to comment on the incident. According to Haake's obituary in Tuesday's Journal-World, he died Sunday in Topeka. He was a U.S. Army Green Beret during the Vietnam War and a Goodyear employee.