A man has died in police custody, having been Tasered and hit with capsicum spray.
A man has died in police custody, having been Tasered and hit with capsicum spray. Wikimedia/jasonesbain

Man dies after being tasered, capsicum sprayed by police

A MAN who died after being arrested by New South Wales Police was tasered and hit with capsicum spray.

Officers were called to a fast food restaurant at Mittagong, in the New South Wales southern highlands, on Sunday night.

A 38-year-old man told staff at the restaurant that he had been attacked.

Police said when they arrived, they were drawn into a confrontation with the man, who was reportedly acting aggressively.

As they attempted to arrest him, police used both capsicum spray and a Taser.

The man died shortly after arriving at the Bowral police station.

NSW Assistant Commissioner Gary Worboys said two officers had been hurt while trying to arrest the man.

"When police first arrived they spoke to the individual and there was some physical confrontation in terms of the arrest," he said.

"Police also used capsicum spray and they eventually had to Taser the man to get control of him."

The injured men were treated for head injuries but have since been discharged from hospital.

An investigation by the Professional Standards Command will now begin into how the man died.

 


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