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Police release name of man who died after standoff

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NEW BRITIAN, CT (WFSB) -

State police released the name of the man who died after he is accused of being responsible for a standoff and fighting with police officers on Monday evening in New Britain.

Officers were called to an apartment at 141 Broad St. where a man, who was identified as 40-year-old Seth Victor, was seen sticking his head out the window, tossing items from inside the apartment and screaming at police.

Eyewitness News cameras were rolling and broadcasting on live TV, when police stormed the apartment and a struggle ensued. One officer was forced to use his department-issued Taser to gain control of the situation.

Victor, who police said was having trouble breathing, was taken to an area hospital where he died a few hours later.

Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut said that since 2005, 13 people have died after police immobilized them with a stun gun - four of which were in New Britain.

"It has become clear that Tasers can kill, particularly by causing heart attacks," said Staff Attorney for ACLU David McGuire, in a statement earlier this week. "Every death is a reminder that the state of Connecticut has not yet adopted clear and reasonable regulations for Taser use, and we urge the legislature again to address this crucial issue."

NAACP will be holding a press conference where they will announce their investigation into Victor's death.

The ACLU wants regulations set statewide and New Britain Police Department has a policy.

Officers in New Britain are supposed to be trained every year and can use a Taser when a suspect shows aggression. Police are also required to notify a supervisor and write up a report.

Connecticut State Police continue to investigate the incident and will look into the use of force by officers at the request of New Britain police.

Victor's family told Eyewitness News they haven't heard from police or the state about what happened and they want answers.

The officer who used the Taser on Victor was placed on administrative assignment during the investigation. The officer's name is not being released.

The Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Victor, however, the cause of death is "pending further studies."

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