Man died from head injuries caused after police officer used a Taser on him

Author:
Updated:
Original:

An investigation is underway into the death of a 57-year-old St. Paul man who died after hitting his head with police used a Taser on him.

FOX 9 reports that a Brooklyn Center officer used a Taser on Sinth Khottavongsa after responding to a call on January 16 of a group fight in a parking lot on the 5800 block of Xerxes Ave. N with possible weapons being used.

Police say Khottavongsa was holding a crowbar "in a threatening manner" which he refused to drop when ordered on multiple occasions when requested by police, the news station says.

A release from the Hennepin County Medical Center revealed that he died this past Sunday at North Memorial Medical Center as a result of complications from a "blunt force head injury," believe to have been caused when he hit the ground following the use of the Taser.

KSTP reports that his death is now being investigated by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

A website has been launched to help raise money for his family to cover his funeral and medical expenses on the GoFundMe website.

"Sinth was a compassionate and generous person," the website says. "Those who knew him best also remember him as a selfless, caring, and loving individual. His contagious smile and humor brought joy to many lives.

"He positively impacted surrounding communities by inspiring them through his craftmanship and spirit of volunteerism. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He worked very hard to help and serve not only his family, but whom ever came into his life."

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Walz to announce 'sweeping' education plan Monday

The governor will address Minnesota at 2 p.m. Monday.

sun country

Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

The new additions include large cities and popular outdoor destinations.

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Avante Dickerson

Top-ranked recruit Avante Dickerson decommits from Gopher football

The four-star cornerback was the highest-rated recruit in Minnesota's 2021 class.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.

1024px-Crock_pot

For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Related

Man sues city of Austin, officers in Taser incident

A man who claims he was having a seizure while two Austin police officers shocked him with a Taser has filed a federal complaint seeking a jury trial. An attorney for former Austin resident Scott Sheeley, 50, originally sought a $1.5 million settlement from the city but it did not happen. Officers claim Sheeley was combative during the November 2011 incident.