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Autopsy scheduled for man who died after police used TASER

Monday - 8/8/2011, 1:03pm  ET

Evan Haning, wtop.com

MANASSAS, Va. - An autopsy is scheduled Moday on a man who died after Prince William County Police used a TASER to subdue him.

On Saturday afternoon, rescue workers responding to an emergency in Manassas called for help from police when the patient they were treating became violent and attacked several firefighters.

Paramedics say 29-year-old Debro Lamonte Wilkerson's behavior swung between calm and combative. When police arrived at the 11000 block of Hiram Court in the Coverdale neighborhood, they say Wilkerson lunged at an officer who tried to protect a paramedic.

After an officer user a TASER on Wilkerson in self-defense, police were able to put one handcuff on him, police said.

But Wilkerson again became violent, jumped out of the ambulance, and grabbed a relative.

As police tried to calm him down, Wilkerson again became cooperative and told them he had been using heroin and PCP.

Once back in the ambulance, Wilkerson again became violent, knocked down an officer, and ran as police pursued him on foot.

When they used the TASER a second time, Wilkerson fell to the ground and continued to struggle as paramedics tried to continue their treatment.

Wilkerson eventually became passive and died, police say, as EMS monitored his vital signs and tried to resuscitate him.

Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the hospital. The autopsy will determine the exact cause of his death.

An internal affairs investigation is under way, and the whole incident is under review by the commonwealth's attorney.

Prince William County Police spokesperson Sgt. Kim Chinn says the underlying cause of Wilkerson's death is a key part of the investigation.

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