Authorities investigate after police deployed a taser on a man suspected of retail theft early Wednesday. / photo from Network Video Productions
Updated: June 24, 2014 7:25AM
A Sauk Village man suspected of retail theft died after he was injured when police used a stun gun on him earlier this month in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago.
During a retail theft arrest about 12:15 a.m. May 7 in the 200 block of West North Avenue, officers used a Taser on 23-year-old Dominique Franklin, who was resisting arrest and “refused to cooperate with officers,” authorities said.
After the Taser was deployed, Franklin suffered a head injury when he fell to the ground.
Franklin, of the 21000 block of Olivia Avenue, was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Witnesses told reporters at the scene that they were inside a nearby Walgreens store when they heard employees talking about a man who had stolen items from the store and was running away along the sidewalk. Witnesses also said they later saw a man lying in the street outside, not moving, with multiple police vehicles nearby. That man later was taken away in an ambulance.
Charges were filed against Franklin for resisting an officer and retail theft, both felonies, police said at the time.