Canadian man shot with stun gun dies

| 14/11/2013

(BBC): A Montreal man has died following a confrontation with police in which officers fired an electric stun gun at him, Canadian media report. Donald Menard was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Monday night after the confrontation with police who were responding to a reported drug overdose. Menard, 41, fought the officers, who used a stun gun to subdue him, police said. Police said several officers were injured in the confrontation. Menard was reported missing from the Philippe Pinel Institute – a detention centre for the criminally insane – on Sunday, according to the Montreal Gazette.

On Monday evening, Montreal police were called to some accommodation where a woman had fallen unconscious. Menard struck a police officer in the face. CBC News reported that officers had responded with batons and pepper spray, eventually resorting to a Taser stun gun. Menard initially refused to be transported to hospital but later lost consciousness. He was taken to hospital and listed in a critical condition before being pronounced dead.

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