Man dies in police custody after being tased

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Man dies in police custody after being tased

CREATED Mar 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 18, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have identified 46-year old Michael Carbone as the man who died in-custody on Saturday night.

Sgt. Maria Hawke with TPD tells KGUN9 that police was notified of a domestic violence incident occurring at an apartment in the 3000 block of North Alvernon Way.

Officers responded to the apartment and made contact with a Carbone and a female who were involved in the domestic violence incident. 9OYS has learned that woman is Dianne Carbone. She's speaking out to 9OYS about the incidents leading up to her husband's death.

"I'm hurt this happened, of course I'm hurt," Carbone said. "But what can you do."

Tucson Police say initially, both the male and female remained inside of the apartment while officers spoke to them through the iron screen door, says Hawke.  After a few minutes, the door was opened and Carbone stepped out to speak with officers.  He was verbally argumentative before suddenly running.  Officers pursued him as he ran northbound on North Alvernon Way.

"They said they wanted to cuff him, and he turned around," Carbone said. "I guess he took off, that's all I saw."

Carbone ran into the Circle K store located at 3155 North Alvernon Way.  The officers located and he continued to be verbally confrontational, not complying with their commands.  Officers were able to take him to the ground, where he began to physically fight with them.  Additional officers arrived and assist in the fight.  One officer tased the male two times and officers were able to detain him.

Tucson Fire responded to the scene since a taser was used.  Fire personnel requested police assistance with placing Carbone on the ground in the parking lot area in front of the store.  That is when he suddenly became unresponsive.   Medical personnel transported  him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Carbone what she thought when she heard the news.

"I didn't know what to think about it. I was in shock," she said. "I just didn't know what to think."

Detectives from the homicide unit as well of personnel from the Office  of Internal Affairs responded to the Circle K store in order to conduct an investigation regarding the death of Carbone, which is standard procedure in in-custody death situations.

Initial indications show that Carbone may have been under the influence of an unknown drug.  An autopsy will be performed to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors influencing the suspect’s behavior.

The homicide unit will continue the criminal investigation, which will then be presented to the Pima County Attorney’s Office for review.