Dante Parker died while in police custody Tuesday after San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies used a taser gun on him multiple times.
The Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop Parker, who was riding a bicycle away from the home. Officials said he became “uncooperative and combative” and allegedly fought with deputies.
Authorities said a taser gun was used on Parker “multiple times” before he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.
When deputies noticed he was breathing heavily and sweating, they took him to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Family members told NBC Los Angeles Parker was a family man who didn’t deserve to die like this.
“He was a big, gentle guy,” his father Darrell Parker. “So I don’t understand it. I’m at a loss for words. I miss him already.”
In a statement to NBC LA Parker’s boss, Harry Pontius, said:
Dante was a good man, a family man who just wanted to provide the best he could for his wife and kids. He’ll be extremely missed.
Parker’s death comes just two days before his 37th birthday.
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