FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — A man is in a hospital in critical condition after Forest Grove police officers tased him and he stopped breathing late Wednesday.
Forest Grove police in a news release Friday said officers responded to a report of a man with no shirt on, “running up and down the street with a flag pole” at 11:50 p.m., The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Police say James Marshall, 44, was found at a church and was uncooperative, erratic, making threatening moves with the aluminum flag pole, and attempting to damage church property.
Officers tried to de-escalate the situation, according to the release. But after officers decided to take Marshall into custody he assaulted one of them, police said.
Marshall was tased during the arrest, according to the release. Four officers were involved in the “use of force” incident, officials said.
According to police, “immediately” after the use of force, officers noticed Marshall “appeared to have stopped breathing.” Life-saving efforts, including the use of an automated external defibrillator, were started and he was taken to a hospital.