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Barstow man dies in custody after being Tasered by officers on Interstate 15

A police-issue Taser gun
A police-issue Taser gun

A Barstow man died in handcuffs yesterday after he was Tasered by officers who had been trying to subdue him, police said.

The incident began Monday morning at about 2 a.m., when officers from the California Highway Patrol and Barstow Police Department were called to Interstate 15 near Lenwood Road in Barstow. According to CHP Officer Mario Lopez, as reported in the San Bernardino Sun, the officers arrived to find a man in his 20s acting wildly and running around on the freeway.

The man, who has not been identified, began throwing rocks at the officers, Lopez said, which is when they used their Tasers on him “to subdue him and contain the situation.”

But after finally catching and handcuffing the man, the officers realized he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Lopez told the Sun. Paramedics could not revive him, and he was pronounced dead at Barstow Community Hospital.

Authorities don’t know whether the Tasers or something else killed the man, and are awaiting an autopsy by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

It was not immediately clear which department’s officers hit the man with their Tasers, or how many times. The CHP and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are both conducting investigations into the matter, Lopez said.