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Man dies after being subdued by emergency responders

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A man died on Kelsey Street after being Tased by Hartford police. (WFSB) A man died on Kelsey Street after being Tased by Hartford police. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State Police are investigating after a 26-year-old man died after being shot by a stun gun by Hartford police officers, and then being sedated on Friday night.

According to investigators, officers responded to 38 Kelsey Street around 8:30 p.m. to assist the Hartford Mobile Crisis Team with a medical-related disturbance.

“Please police can through like crazy so I came out of the driveway and saw police stop in the house,” eyewitness Jose Laar said.   

During the response police said Matthew Russo became combative with emergency medical technicians, police officers and crisis team personnel.

A Hartford police officer deployed their assigned Taser on Russo who continued to be combative.

Police said after the stun gun was deployed EMS personnel were able to administer a sedative to Russo.  Russo then began to experience difficulty breathing.

EMT's on scene began to immediately perform medical aid and Russo was transported to Hartford Hospital where he later died.

State Police Western District Major Crimes responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation.

In additional, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded and will conduct an autopsy on Russo to determine his manner of death.

Russos family declined to comment to Eyewitness News on Saturday night.

Neighbors said no matter what they find can't change the sadness surrounding the young man's death.

“This is very, very, very bad,” Laar said.

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