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Florida man dies after being tasered in Thomas County

By David Miller

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  About 2:00AM, a Thomas County deputy sheriff spotted a stalled vehicle on U.S. 19 near the western Inn in Thomasville, and then spotted a man in the vicinity.

He called for backup, and four other deputies soon arrived at the scene. Officers began questioning the man, who appeared to be bleeding from his arm, but the man, Rudolph Byrd, Junior, of Quincy, Florida was incoherent.

Officers say that Byrd began fighting with officers, and they tasered him three times, but say that only two tasers impacted him.

They subdued Byrd, and emergency medical personnel placed him on a stretcher and began to transport him to a hospital, and Byrd stopped breathing.

A cause of death is not immediately available, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.

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