Suspect dies after officers use taser on him
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Police Department is investigating after a man died while in police custody early Saturday.
Police received a call about a family disturbance at a home on the 1200 block of Crystal, near Interstate 35 and Division, around 3 a.m. Saturday. The family of the suspect told police the man, later identified as 41-yaer-old Ernesto Carrman, was causing a disturbance and throwing items around inside the house.
When the officers arrived, they made contact with Carrman. The officers said they attempted to place him in handcuffs, but Carrman resisted and tried to punch on of the officers. The officers said they then used their taser on Carrman to try to bring him under control, but it did not have any effect on him. The officers told investigators they were eventually able to handcuff Carrman and called EMS to the scene to evaluate him.
Police say Carrman was unconscious but breathing at that time. EMS then arrived and prepared him for transport to a hospital. However, police say once he was inside the EMS unit, his condition deteriorated. Investigators say EMS took "live saving measures" but were unsuccessful.
No officers were injured during the incident. Witnesses were taken in to provide statements.
The incident is still under investigation. Police are waiting on the Medical Examiner to determine an exact cause of the death.