Man Tased by Cops Died After 40-Minute Wait for Help

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A man Tased by Burbank police died after cops said they had to retreat to engage in a 40-minute standoff with another suspect, authorities said. The Tased suspect was unable to receive medical attention during that time, they said.

The man’s demise follows a string of suspect deaths in local police confrontations in recent days. And in the early afternoon yesterday at least one L.A. Sheriff’s Department deputy opened fire on a man who cops said wielded two knives on the platform of the Metro Expo Line stop in downtown Santa Monica, sheriff’s officials said. That suspect was hospitalized in critical condition.

The Burbank case started about 6:20 p.m. when officers investigating a report of criminal threats at a home in the 500 block of North Mariposa Street were “confronted” by a suspect outside the residents, police said in a statement.