Mayor tight lipped on Taser malfunction in suspect death

By Tom Lehman, Mellany Armstrong, P 4:15pm, July 22, 2013 - Updated 6:13pm, July 23, 2013
Wilmington police have identified the man who died in custody Sunday night, and also say both of the stun guns that were used on him malfunctioned.

Police say Deomain Hayman of Wilmington died after going into cardiac arrest when he was taken into custody after struggling with officers in the driveway of a business on the 1700 block of Wawaset Street.

Mayor Dennis Williams says he can't talk much about the case due to an ongoing investigation.

"Well, officers get rigorous training. You have to make a decision on what type of force you have to use trying to make an arrest. I wasn't there, I don't know exactly what happened and again it's still under investigation, and I don't want to get into it."

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Hayman--who allegedly led police on a vehicle chase after he fled a traffic stop prior to the confrontation--had two Tasers used against him, after he continued to fight with officers despite having already been hit by the first stun gun.

Police say officers then cuffed Hayman and sat him down, but that's when police say he appeared to go into cardiac arrest. He later died at Wilmington Hospital despite officers removing the cuffs, performing CPR and using a defibrillator on him.

The investigation into Hayman's death continues.

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