Man Dies After Being Tasered by Jamestown Police

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Video: Man Dies After Being Tasered by Jamestown Police

Charles Barker, Jr., Photo Courtesy: Facebook

JAMESTOWN, NY - The Chautauqua County District Attorney's office is investigating the death of a prisoner in Jamestown.

Investigators say Charles Barker, Jr., 30, was arrested Saturday by Jamestown Police.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to read the Jamestown Police Department's Media Release on the incident.

Police officials say Barker was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over.  He was arrested on a violation.

Officers say Barker had several baggies full of cocaine that he tried  to hide and destroy while in the back of the police car.

Once officers arrived at the police station, they say Barker was combative and they used a taser to subdue him.

Barker had a seizure a couple hours later and was taken to WCA Hospital where he later died.

District Attorney David Foley says the the Jamestown Police Department has been cooperative in the investigation. "I have instructed my investigator to collect all the information from the Jamestown Police Department, including any video footage of the initial encounter in the Department. We will await the autopsy results before any decisions can be made on how to proceed," says Foley.

An autopsy on Barker is scheduled for Monday at the Erie County Medical Center.

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