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December 17, 2012

Man tased, dies; investigation under way

NORMAN — Norman Police officers, answering a call for help early Sunday morning, became involved in what now is being termed an in-custody death, according to an NPD news release.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, Norman police responded to a request for assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

When they arrived police officers found a nude man, later identified as George S. Morris, 66, of Oklahoma City, according to the news release from NPD Capt. Tom Easley.

Morris had been involved in an automobile accident and refused to communicate with the responding officers.

Morris attempted to cross Interstate-35 on foot, according to the department’s news release. After repeated commands to stop were ignored, officers used a Taser to subdue Morris. 

Morris was taken to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The exact cause of death is currently unknown, according to the news release

The department is investigating the matter as an in-custody death, Easley said in the release.

Members of the criminal investigations division, professional standards, and the Office of the State Medical Examiner are involved in the investigation.

The names of the officers will be released in the future pending further investigation, Easley said in the release.

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