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Updated May 31, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Man dies in custody after Taser stun during Mesa arrest

MESA, Ariz. — Mesa police are investigating the death of a man who was
stunned by a Taser while being arrested by federal marshals on a parole

Police say 25-year-old Joseph Moreno was arrested Thursday night on a warrant
for aggravated assault.

They say he was a convicted felon and had prior arrests for drug offenses.

Police say the Taser was used when Moreno wouldn’t follow commands during the
arrest. He then was handcuffed and examined by paramedics who determined he was
OK as he awaited transport to jail.

Police say Moreno started having slurred speech and was sweating profusely. He
was given water and paramedics were called.

Moreno was taken to a Mesa hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Maricopa
County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.


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