FALL RIVER, MA (WHDH) - Officials are investigating after a man died after being hit by a stun gun in Fall River.
On Monday, May 16, Fall River police officers went to a home on Bay Street to serve an arrest warrant on a 37-year-old Dartmouth woman. When officers arrived, they said another woman and 48-year-old Scott Macomber began to resist and interfere with the officers, preventing them from arresting the original person on the warrants.
“They ran in and we heard a whole bunch of scuffling and yelling and all that in the house,” said neighbor April Alves. “And then the next thing we knew, they were walking them both out and she was screaming her head off.”
The woman officers had intended to arrest was eventually arrested. Macomber continued to struggle and resist.
One of the officers said he used his department-issued stun gun in the “driver stun” mode on Macomber. He was brought under control, handcuffed and arrested. The stun gun was not deployed in the traditional fashion with the prongs being discharged, police said.
While being taken to a police cruiser, Macomber went into cardiac arrest and was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Friends said that while Macomber did have a temper problem and had issues with police, they believe officers used excessive force on him.
The death is now being investigated by the Bristol County District Attorney’s office and the medical examiner, along with the Massachusetts State Police.
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