Sword-Wielding Man Shot With Stun Gun Dies

Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 4:46 PM EDT
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Sword-Wielding Man Shot With Stun Gun Dies

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Hampton police are investigating the death of a man who was shot twice with a stun gun by officers after he repeatedly swung a samurai-style sword at them.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Paula Scheck said the 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital at about 1:15 a.m. Friday, the Daily Press reported. He wasn't identified.

The officers went to the man's home Thursday night to serve an emergency custody order to take him for a mental evaluation, Scheck said.

The man swung the sword at the officers and they shot him with a stun gun, according to police. He continued to swing the weapon and was shot again.

He then stopped breathing. The officers began CPR and called medics.

The officers are on administrative leave.

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