BCA: St. Cloud man who died after arrest was tased twice

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Investigative findings unveiled Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) reveal that a St. Cloud man who died after becoming unresponsive during an arrest was tased twice by police. 

The BCA says 41-year-old David J. Beckes' cause and manner of death is pending toxicology testing and microscopic examination results. 

Officers from the St. Cloud Police Department arrived at Beckes' apartment on Wilson Ave. SE around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, after a victim called 911 reporting that she was being assaulted and choked by Beckes. 

Prior to being assaulted while on the phone with dispatch, she reported that Beckes was unresponsive and appeared to have a seizure. During the call, Beckes became responsive and then became physically aggressive towards the victim, the BCA said. 

Three officers breached the door to the apartment and Beckes did not comply with officer commands. 

"At one point, two of the officers deployed their Tasers," the BCA release said. 

"At one point following the arrest Beckes became unresponsive. Officers immediately began medical attention and Beckes was taken by Mayo Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died."

The female victim sustained minor injuries during the assault and two of the three officers were treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

The BCA has identified the officers involved in the incident as Brandon Leuthardt (4 years with SCPD), Jessica Schlieman (24 years with SCPD) and Zachary Scholl (1 year with SCPD). 

Leuthardt and Schlieman deployed their Tasers. 

All three officers have been placed on standard administrative leave. 

The BCA is in the process of determining if Taser cameras or squad dash cameras recorded any audio or video of the incident.

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