Oklahoma City man dies after police use Taser to subdue him during domestic dispute

An Oklahoma City man died after police used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue him during a domestic dispute.
By Michael Kimball and DIANA BALDWIN Modified: September 17, 2010 at 10:36 am •  Published: September 17, 2010

An Oklahoma City man police were trying to arrest Thursday died a short time after officers shot him with a Taser in the city's second fatal incident involving the device since July, police said.

Police did not identify the man Thursday, but a relative identified him as Gary Lee Grossenbacher, 48. The relative, Grossenbacher's sister-in-law Kim Cooke, of Minneapolis, declined further comment.

Two officers and paramedics responded to a domestic dispute call about 6:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Sonora, Knight said. A man and woman were in an altercation at their house, and the woman told officers the man hit her.

The man resisted as officers tried arrest him. At least one of the two officers sprayed him with oleoresin capsicum, commonly known as pepper spray, and shocked him with a Taser, Knight said. The man had a medical issue moments later.

Paramedics already on the scene treated the man and took him to Mercy Health Center, where he died, Knight said.

The officers, Bryan Jones, a two-year veteran, and Joshua Norton, a one-year veteran, have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Knight said.

A neighbor, who identified himself only as Joe, said he had been asked to take care of the couple's dog while police were interviewing the victim's wife, Robin Grossenbacher. He said his wife is her hair stylist.

Joe said he knew of no problems between the couple and considers them good neighbors.

The neighborhood, called Fairfield South, is southwest of NW 164 and Santa Fe Avenue.

"He was kind of a private person and didn't talk much," Joe said of Gary Grossenbacher.

Another neighbor, Lisa Ferguson, said she thought Grossenbacher had medical issues.

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