Bronx man brandishing scissors dies after police use Taser

ByLexie Schapitl WABC logo
Monday, June 8, 2015

BRONX (WABC) -- A 51-year-old man armed with scissors died after police used a Taser to subdue him in the Bronx Monday morning.

Authorities say officers responding to a 911 call of an emotionally-disturbed person found Mario Ocasio at the Loring Place apartment around 8:15 a.m. Ocasio was allegedly brandishing a pair of scissors and was acting violently.

Officers ordered him to drop the scissors, but he refused, police said.

A uniformed supervisor used a Taser on Ocasio, subduing him. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Ocasio was also given anti-heroin medications in an attempt to reverse the effects of drugs during the course of subduing him, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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