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Medical examiner rules police stun-gun death a homicide

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A suspect died from being stunned by police after he was allegedly caught breaking into cars on Burban Drive and Jefferson Road. (WFSB photo) A suspect died from being stunned by police after he was allegedly caught breaking into cars on Burban Drive and Jefferson Road. (WFSB photo)
BRANFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut's medical examiner says the death of a Branford man who was shocked by a police a stun gun was a homicide.

State police say 41-year-old David Werblow became uncooperative and ignored officers' requests during a reported disturbance outside his home on March 15th.

State police say a Branford officer used a stun gun to "gain control" of Werblow, who later died at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The State Medical Examiner report says Werblow, who was schizophrenic, suffered "sudden death" during a psychotic episode during an altercation that included electronic shock and a restraint.

Waterbury State's Attorney Maureen Platt will determine if the use of force was justified. A report is not expected for several months.

Sixteen people have died in Connecticut after being shocked by police stun guns since 2005.

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