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.
The other fatal incident in Oklahoma City involving a Taser occurred July 6. Damon Lamont Falls, 31, was attempting to rob a Dollar General store when officers used a Taser on him as he ran away, police said.
Falls died shortly thereafter at a city hospital.
A spokeswoman for the state medical examiner said Falls' cause of death has not been determined.
Police Capt. Patrick Stewart said the officers involved in that incident have returned to duty after Oklahoma County prosecutors concluded they did not use excessive force or violate any laws.
A National Institute of Justice report from 2008 on the use of conducted energy devices, such as Tasers, states there is no conclusive evidence their use on healthy adults leads to a high risk of serious injury of death.
Taser International Inc. spokesman Steve Tuttle said the company stands behind the safety of its product.
Grossenbacher pleaded guilty in 1988 to a misdemeanor Oklahoma County count of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 or more, court records show. He has no other listed criminal history.
The Grossenbachers married in November 1990, court records show. Midland Funding LLC, a debt collection agency, filed a lawsuit against Gary Grossenbacher claiming he was indebted by less than $10,000, and a judgment of default was issued Sept. 10.
No one answered the door at the Grossenbacher home Thursday afternoon. There were discarded emergency medical supplies in the yard area.