CSPD uses stun gun on suspect, he passes away

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This article has been updated.

COLORADO SPRINGS — A man has died after being tazed by a CSPD officer Sunday morning.

An altercation between neighbors escalated to one of them pulling out a knife, just before 10 a.m. a witness called police.

Once officers got to the home on Ashgrove Street in the Stratton Meadows neighborhood, they attempted to talk them down, however, the situation continued to escalate, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the officers used a stun gun at least once on one of the men. The officers on scene said the man seemed to be unaffected and they continued struggling with the suspect.

The man eventually became unresponsive and died. The officers did do CPR but it was unsuccessful.

UPDATE (May 28, 2020): The man who died has been identified as Chad Burnett, 49.

Initial reports indicated there were two officers involved, but the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office now says that five officers have been placed on administrative leave. None of the officers were injured.

The five officers involved in the in-custody death on May 24, 2020, in the 2700 block of Ashgrove Street, were Officer Caroline Barth, Officer Joseph Daigle, Officer Matthew Fleming, Officer Jacob Carroll and Sgt. Michael Inazu.

Officer Barth has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since July of 2015. Officer Daigle has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since July of 2017. Officer Fleming has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since July of 2017. Officer Carroll has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since July of 2017. Sergeant Inazu has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since February of 2003.

All five CSPD employees are currently assigned to the Gold Hill Division, Shift I

The sheriff’s office is investigating the case.

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