TASER used twice, man dies in desert after fleeing from deputies

LITTLEFIELD, Arizona — A man died Friday evening after he fled from Mohave County Sheriff deputies on the Arizona Strip near Littlefield, Arizona.

According to a statement from Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Specialist Trish Carter, at approximately 8:40 p.m., MCSO deputies patrolling near Littlefield on the Arizona Strip saw a motorcycle with no rear plate operating on the roadway.

When officers attempted to pull the rider over for a traffic stop, the man, believed to be in his mid-40s, abandoned his motorcycle and fled into the desert. Deputies found him hiding in brush. When they tried to detain him, he became combative.

“A deputy used a Taser and an Arizona Department of Public safety officer, arriving to help our Deputies, also used his Taser,” Carter wrote in the statement.

The man was eventually handcuffed. As deputies led him back to the patrol cars, the man began showing signs of distress. Deputies began CPR when the suspect stopped breathing, and they immediately called for paramedics. They continued CPR until paramedics arrived on scene and took over emergency medical care.

Despite resuscitation efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.

The man has not been identified and the reason he fled is unknown. MCSO Sheriff Jim McCabe has requested that the Department of Public Safety conduct an investigation of the incident.

The deputies involved in the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation, as per MCSO policy.

Two deputies received minor injuries during the incident and were later treated and released at a nearby hospital.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Wow! August 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! Your cops are a little bit aggressive in trying to detain people aren’t they? Notice how the Esplin guy in Cedar only got a year for stealing tons of money from people? Now there’s someone I think deserved to be tasered a bunch of times! Guess it pays to have some good ole boy and church bishop elbow time!

    • Cameron August 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Your an idiot and your comments are plain stupid.

    • Redrock lover August 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Actually that’s funny! I think your comments are spot on. It’s who you know and if you are Mormon. Then you can get off free or a short sentence and slap on wrist! Law enforcement should be kept in check…and with more and more ridiculous examples of special treatment for some people in the legal system it’s no winder many people distrust the police and the judicial system. Running from the cops is plain stupid-but being tazed and now dead for it? Unfortunate incident.

  • Cop lover August 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    How much you want to bet he died when they used TWO tasers on him. Then once he was dead they put handcuffs on him to make their story better.

    Two tasers. Cuz you know, one isn’t enough.

    • Wazz August 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm


    • Festus August 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Your an idiot… Guess ya shouldnt fight cops.. At least they went home safe! Ultimately it was this guys own damn fault.

  • Fred August 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Not sure why they always use tasers on unarmed people. What ever happened to giving a couple of raps on the noggin with the night stick to settle them down before the cuffs go on ? That worked well for many years before teasers came around.

  • McMurphy August 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    A cop in Hurricane killed a man after tasing him twice. The man was nude and laying on the ground after being tased once. He tried to get up so the cop tased him again and killed him.

  • Kenneth paul August 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    crime harm against a man or his property. no crime committed here. exercising liberty upon the common way can not be converted to a crime as the right to travel is unaienable
    peace officers leave their office when enforcing by -laws of the county inc. a for profit franchisee of the state.
    both are responsible to the family for the loss and alienation of the breadwinner and head of the family. a common law claim of tresspass could have these to murderers working for the family for a lifetime. a man died in the desert today murdered by two other men who sometimes act as agents of the government.

  • Over Kill August 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Why on earth did both taser him? I hope they find out what really happened!!! They did this to someone in Utah a few years ago!!!

    • a friend August 31, 2014 at 12:05 am

      I know what happened….

  • Native born New Mexican August 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    This is a repeat of what happened when the Hurricane officer Thompson killed Mr. cardal’s son with a tazer right in front of the young man’s wife. I guess no one learned anything the first time they killed some one this way so they had to repeat the behavior. It is my opinion that law enforcement really does not care what the out come of their actions are. They know they can get away with it so why worry. I think they may also have been punishing this guy for not cooperating with them like they demanded he do so they took their anger out by trying to hurt him as much as possible but instead he died.

  • bobber August 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Best be careful with cops, they’re always looking for reasons to taser people. It’s great fun for them and if it stops your heart and kills you then, hey, it’s not their problem…

  • a friend August 31, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Well, this person was my good friend and my neighbor. He was not tased twice he was tased four times and while he was on the ground in the fetal position. He fled because he was scared and probably drunk. He was less than 50 feet from his house and was just trying to get home. He was also terminally ill and not in good health. So, your trying to tell me that four officers in good shape could not subdue him? I understand he was kicking and fighing him but tasing someone more than once should not be allowed. The human heart can only take so much and when someone is ill it can handle even less. This is a tragic situation and my friend is now dead because of it. I don’t understand how this can happen? I just want the truth to be known. It’s the least I can do for him now that he is gone. I will miss him dearly and I pray that he is at peace. God bless you Dave….

    • don'ttasemebro September 1, 2014 at 6:50 am

      So sorry for the loss of your friend and any faith you had in your local law enforcement.

    • joanna September 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Ohhh…thanks for clearing that up. Next time one of your scared little drunk friends is trying to find his way home we’ll just cross our fingers that he doesn’t accidentally kill anyone else with his vehicle, but more importantly, hope the police aren’t too aggressive in their pursuit. And anyone else on here who is so quick to criticize the police, why don’t you come out and help wrangle these outlaws in the middle of the 90 degree desert while they’re kicking, biting, scratching, spitting, and punching.

      • gjohnson5 June 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Why is there always some idiot boot-licker trying to antagonize these threads. Yes he made a mistake. Yes he should have been driving. Death sentance. I dont think so and the fact that this information is just coming out only shows Mohave Co was trying to cover this up

  • getting flooded August 31, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Ya but it won’t make national news because the guy is not black

  • TheDude August 31, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Sad that a man died, but if you fight the law. The law will win in this part of the USA. That’s the fact Jack, they are just being like every other police force in America today. Patterned after the LAPD of the 50’s, don’t be the guy doing wrong in the wrong place at the wrong to time. Or you will pay the ultimate price.

    • McMurphy August 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Or don’t even just don’t p… off the cops

    • Mark Vinclio August 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hank jr. sings a song I fought the law and the law won… because they do win to protect me and you. run from the police they will catch you and if you fight use what the can to win don’t start a fight you will not win. plan and simple cops keep the piece without them we are a county like in the middle east. His death his is own fault sick or crazy doesn’t matter.

      • KeepCalmAndSheepleOn August 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

        You assume the cops filed a true and accurate report. More likely they claimed ‘resisting arrest’ to justify the killing. Ever notice how every time a cop kills a guy nowadays the reports all sound the same? ‘He was resisting arrest’?
        The police are corrupt enough nowadays I would doubt any ‘official’ police report.
        For you cop-supporters, look up the following cases:
        Homeless man shot and killed while surrendering to police
        Man killed by police chokehold in New York
        Man tapered to death in Hurricane, Utah
        Unarmed victims killed by over-zealous cops. All got ‘paid administrative leave’. All are back on duty to kill again.
        These are only a few examples.

        • McMurphy August 31, 2014 at 9:19 pm

          another version of a … guy stealing more chain than he can swim with
          Ed. ellipsis

        • Mark Vinclio September 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          you got stopped for something now you’re pissed the copdon’t imply they’re crooked soa heck of a lot more that thome are a heck of a lot more that are NOT

  • Matt Sevald August 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’m not a fan of the title of the article. On first reading it appears that the man ran off into the wilderness and died alone somewhere, hiding from the police, which isn’t the case because he died in custody after being found.
    For the naysayers who decry the use of a taser on unarmed subjects, this topic is a double edged sword. While it is easy to Monday Morning Quarterback from the safety of your computer desk, we don’t know what caused the officers to feel a taser or two was needed. Perhaps the first one missed or only one probe landed due to the man moving which would render the first taser useless and be appropriate cause for a second one to be deployed. We just don’t know.
    Additionally, police officers are allowed to go home at the end of the day. Their job duties are not to sacrifice themselves needlessly and put themselves at more risk than required to get the job done. Just like you and I, they deserve to go home as well. Sometimes when dealing with situations like this a person won’t go willingly and it comes down to using hands-on techniques or less-than-lethal techniques. Would you go toe-to-toe with a person who has already shown potentially irrational behavior by fleeing during a traffic stop? Was he mentally ill? Was he intoxicated? Was he harboring contraband and willing to fight? Does he have any weapons? These are all things to think about when police get physically involved with citizens.
    It’s quite possible that if officers had gone hand-to-hand this guy could have pulled out a knife or a gun. Would you want to bring your firsts, or pepper spray, or billy club to a knife fight when the guy is inches from you? Of course none of you would. The taser gives the officer range to maintain safety and intimidation to hopefully convince the person to surrender before they get zapped (and it’s not a comfortable zap). Would you rather have the police put the guy in an arm bar, take him down and lose control during it possibly causing the person to smash his teeth on the ground? How about have the officer just beat the guy into submission with fists or batons a la Rodney King? Nobody wants that, especially police officers.
    Bottom line is the taser, though not without risk, is the most safe and humane way to subdue a non-compliant and potentially violent suspect. In the hands of trained officers it is, in my opinion, the best tool for the job .

    • agnostic September 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

      spoken like a true JBT licker, or cop plant. better to just kill the guy (watch him twitch real good) and go home safe and sound.

      • My Evil Twin September 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        Maybe instead of using a taser, which is normally less than lethal, they should just shoot them and be done with it? Would that make you happy?

        • agnostic September 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

          yeah, it would. then we’d know it’s time for the citizenry to pull the gloves off.

          • mesaman December 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

            Agnausea, not agnostic.

          • mesaman December 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm

            Ag nausea, not agnostic

  • Jo August 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    How did one unarmed man pose a threat to multiple armed policemen?

  • Biker bob August 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    It’s nice to see so many expert opinions, on the full and complete facts reported by the St George News. I like the headline and the big words TASER. Enjoy your page views St George news.

  • ladybugavenger August 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m sure it was just a lapse in judgment of fine citizens that were out of their normal routine and killed someone.

    • Welcome To Dixie September 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Time for a fund raiser

  • Paul September 1, 2014 at 6:32 am

    All over a light on his plate. Sounds like the cops had nothing to do. And now this man is gone Hmmmmmm

    • My Evil Twin September 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Right, had nothing to do with him fleeing officers. IDIOT!

      • My Evil Twin September 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        I should have said, fleeing from, and fighting with officers. Had this jerk face not chosen to run, and then to fight, he would still be alive today.

  • Kev September 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

    No paramedics in Littlefield. Closest would be Mesquite or the St George area. EMT level service only.

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