A Minneapolis man died yesterday, seven days after suffering a heart attack shortly after police subdued him with a Taser stun gun at a group home for adults with mental illness, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Raymond L. Siegler, 40, had been in critical condition.
Police were called to the home after Siegler reportedly threatened fellow residents. The Police Department’s crisis intervention team, which is trained to deal with people suffering from mental illness, was the first to arrive. When they were unable to subdue Siegler, they used the Taser. Siegler suffered cardiac arrest shortly after he was shocked. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has not yet determined the cause of death.
Mark Anderson, executive director of the Friends of Barbara Schneider, which deals with mental illness cases, said the sheriff’s investigation may not be enough to determine how to prevent similar incidents in the future. “We all want to know what went wrong,” he said. “But we need to look at the entire system of working with the mentally ill.”