Tukwila man dies after becoming combative with family
July 3, 2012 · 9:22 AM
A 26-year-old Tukwila man with a history of mental illness died Saturday after becoming combative with his family, according to a Tukwila Police Department press release.
Police did not release his name and the King County Medical Examiner's Office as of Tuesday had yet to release information about his death.
Officers found the man holding a golf club and threatening his family at their home in the 5600 block of South 152nd Place late Saturday morning. Someone inside the home had called 911; according to police, the man was making "strange comments" to the 911 operator.
The man broke his ankle trying to escape from officers who were taking him into custody in an involuntary mental-health commitment, according to police. The Seattle Times reported that the man was tasered by police officers.
A fire department aid crew treated the ankle injury; he was taken to Harborview Medical Center after experiencing breathing difficulties in an ambulance. He died at Harborview.
Detectives from the Valley Investigative Team were conducting an independent investigation and documenting the incident. The Tukwila Police Department did not release further information because of the ongoing investigation.