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Man dies after Colton police use stun gun on him

January 16, 2012 |  7:53 am

Colton Taser scene
Authorities in San Bernardino County were investigating the death of a 43-year-old man who died in police custody shortly after a stun gun was used on him during his arrest.

Officers with the Colton Police Department responded to the scene of a “disturbance” report  in the 1100 block of South Mohave Dr. in Colton around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Hutalio Serrano, of Colton, allegedly refused to follow an officer’s commands and “actively resisted” the officer, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the death.

An officer then deployed “an electronic control device” on the man, but the measure was ineffective. Three officers managed to handcuff Serrano, but the 260-pound man continued to resist, authorities said.

Shortly after being taken into custody, Serrano suffered a medical emergency and was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.

Authorities said an autopsy will be performed later this week to determine a cause of death.


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Photo: Scene in Colton where police used a stun gun on a man, who later died. Credit: KTLA-TV