Police stun gun usage against 500-pound man ruled justified - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police stun gun usage against 500-pound man ruled justified

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Waterbury State’s Attorney found the officers were justified in their use of force with Matthew Russo. (WFSB file) Waterbury State’s Attorney found the officers were justified in their use of force with Matthew Russo. (WFSB file)
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A prosecutor looking into the death of a 500-pound man during a struggle with Connecticut police has found the officers were justified in their actions, including using a stun gun repeatedly.

Police say they were trying to subdue Hartford resident Matthew Russo and get him into an ambulance on Aug. 7 after his mother called authorities to say he needed medical treatment and was hearing voices.

They say the 26-year-old Russo became violent and injured three officers as they struggled to control him. They say four shocks with a stun gun failed to subdue Russo but he eventually stopped struggling and then stopped breathing.

Attempts to revive him failed.

Russo's death was ruled a homicide, prompting the special investigation by Waterbury state's attorney Maureen Platt, who released her report Thursday.

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