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Kentuckian Dies After Tasered In Tuscon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man who died after Tucson police shocked him with a Taser stun gun has been identified as a resident of Kentucky.

Tuscon Police Department Spokesman Chuck Rydzak told WKYT-TV they are awaiting information from Kentucky on his place of birth.

But, Rydzak could not say what agency in Kentucky would be forwarding that information to Tuscon authorities.

KOLD-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tuscon said they were awaiting the autopsy results which will most likely have the victim's place of birth.

Police say Gary A. Decker died several hours after officers trying to subdue him shocked him with a Taser stun gun. They gave no city of residence.

Officers were called to the 50-year-old's downtown Tucson hotel room early Thursday because staff heard loud banging and music coming from his room. Sgt. Mark Robinson says they used a pass key to get inside after he wouldn't open the door.

They found the room ransacked, furniture broken and a nude Decker holding a toilet seat he had ripped from the commode. They used a Taser but it had no apparent affect and they eventually wrestled him to the ground.

Decker was in Tucson for a temporary job as a furniture liquidator.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-18-09 1855EDT


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