Northern Kentucky Officials Awaiting Tests in Taser Death

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Officials in northern Kentucky are still
awaiting toxicology reports and other test results before
determining what caused the death of a man in police custody.
Police say 52-year-old Leroy Hughes of Covington died Dec. 3
after police fired Tasers at him three times.
Covington Police Chief Lee Russo told The Kentucky Enquirer that
Hughes apparently had some pre-existing health issues, but he
didn't know specifics.
Police said Hughes refused to follow officers' orders and threw
a box of bullets at them. Police said officers fired Tasers at
Hughes twice, but they had no effect. Police say officers then
wrestled Hughes to the ground, fired a Taser again and handcuffed
Hughes.
Five officers were placed on administrative leave, but Russo
says they have returned to work following a review. He says the
case is still under review but that it appears the officers
followed procedure.
Police say Hughes was 6-foot-6 and weighed more than 400 pounds.
Police say he had a loaded 9 mm handgun and two boxes of
ammunition.
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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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