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Kansas man dies after police use Taser on him

October 4, 2012

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— A 32-year-old northeast Kansas man died after police used a Taser gun on him while he tried to flee.

Osawatomie police say Travis L. Maupin died at the Miami County Medical Center Thursday morning.

Police say Maupin had barricaded himself inside a home after police arrived to investigate a report of domestic violence.

He came out of the home but ran when paramedics checked the woman for injuries. Officers chased him for about a block and used the Taser on him when he resisted.

Osawatomie police asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to look into the death.

Comments

Jim Phillips 1 year, 6 months ago

So 57, you automatically assume it was the Tazer that killed him. Might I inquire about your medical degree?

I wasn't there and I don't know if it was or was not the Tazer that caused the death, but what I do know as a law enforcement defensive tactics instructor for over 30 years is that there is quite often underlying circumstances in the death of a suspect during a police encounter. One of the more common effects is that the suspect was out of shape, generally near obese, with the introduction of some sort of illegal or overly abused drug or alcohol in his system, combined with over exertion (in this case running from and resisting the police, and causing too much stress on the suspect's heart (heart attack).

I also know there is little to no amperage created by a Tazer making electrocution quite unlikely.

Now, I do not know for a fact that this was the situation in this incident just as you do not know for sure it was the Tazer that caused his death. But I doubt the facts will matter to you.

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57chevy 1 year, 6 months ago

Yeah, I'm with cheeseburger. Lets have the police kill their victims with a taser so that we don't have to deal with people getting all pissed off at people getting shot in the back with guns when running away. I just wonder how many people need to get killed before this toy for the thugs in uniform finally gets found out to be as lethal as it is. The one good thing about tasers is that they generally get used on the fat, drunken rednecks that are so enamored with police as a global force for good. So, despite it being doubted in Kansas, the Taser is further proof of Darwin's law of evolution. Unfortunately, just as in New York where the police recently shot 8 bystanders with 15 bullets to subdue one guy, many innocent people will get tazed and die before enough rednecks get killed to alter the gene pool enough to pass some legislation to outlaw this lethal "nonlethal" method of violence.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 6 months ago

Cue the anti-Taser crowd!

Had he not engaged in domestic violence, barricaded himself, ran, and resisted, the Taser wouldn't have been introduced.

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