Man dies after being tased by police at diner

Man dies after being tased by police at diner

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A man who died after being shocked several times by Phoenix police officers during a confrontation at a restaurant has been identified.

Police say 38-year-old Edward Michael Caruth died at a hospital. The cause remains unclear.
Officers were sent to Freddy's Diner near 51st Avenue and Bell after Caruth reportedly became disruptive around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Officer James Holmes said the 38-year-old man was destructive inside the restaurant, barricaded himself in a bathroom and threatened employees before officers arrived.

Caruth reportedly turned on the water faucets and flooded the floor.
He then exited the restroom, picked up a yellow "wet floor" sign and began destroying the counter area of the restaurant.

Police say two arriving officers struggled with Caruth and both used stun guns. He was tased at least four times, but it didn't have any effect on him. More officers arrived and they were finally able to secure him.

A diner employee recorded the struggle on a cell phone -- take a look at the video.
Caruth later showed signs of distress and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A sergeant and an officer had minor injuries. 

Police are investigating why Caruth was at the business and the cause of his behavior.

The cause of Caruth's death is not yet known, but authorities believe he was on drugs. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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