Medical condition killed man who was tasered by Knoxville police

Medical condition killed man who was tasered by Knoxville police

May 23, 2007

By ERICA ESTEP
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Knoxville police say a man who was shocked by officers three times with a Taser died of an unrelated medical condition.

Police say preliminary autopsy results show Kevin Hill, 39, had the medical condition as well as illegal drugs in his system when he died just after 10:00 Tuesday night.

A statement by the Knoxville Police Department says Hill had been attempting to break into several cars, even attempting to carjack a woman at the intersection of Cherry Street and Washington Pike.

The two arresting officers, Sgt. Chris Bell and Officer Gerald George arrived to find Hill running down the center of Magnolia Ave., near Cherry Street.

Police say Hill was ordered to put his hands behind his back but he continued to struggle.

At that point, the officers used a Taser on Hill. He became unresponsive while waiting for a police transport wagon.

Hill was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Bell and Officer George are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.  

This is the first time someone in Knoxville has died after a shock from a stun gun shock.

All Knoxville police officers carry Tasers and have extensive training in using them.  

In 2006, 14,000 arrests were made and a Taser was used in 92 of those.

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