Man tased outside Oz Fitness put on life support

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 2:13 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Regal Street between 55th and 57th  re-opened around 9:00 a.m. Friday. Authorities closed the road Thursday night to investigate a tasing outside of the Oz Fitness.

Witnessed said Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies tased the man around 7:00 p.m. outside of the gym. Investigators said the man became unresponsive as deputies struggled to arrest him.  Deputies and EMS provided life saving measures according to deputies.
Authorities on the scene also received medical treatment.

Deputies remained on the scene overnight and into the morning hours investigating.
Authorities were also inside Oz Fitness which was closed until 6:20 a.m. for investigators. The gym usually opens at about 4:00 a.m.

Witnesses said man who was tased became belligerent inside of the gym. The shirtless man was allegedly lifting weights when he dropped one.  He yelled at the weight, started punching equipment, and punched a hole in the wall according to Oz Fitness members. They said the man even threw a towel dispenser and cursed at other customers.

"The guy, he was just kind of working out and he was kind of intense," said Isaac Alvarado, a witness.  "But it started escalating to the point where he started yelling, throwing the weights and the staff members were trying to calm him down, and he was kind of resisting them for a little while."

Gym members told the front desk about the disturbance.  The man then left the building where he was tased.

Both Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies and Spokane police officers responded to the scene. Investigators tapped off the area Thursday night. They said there was such a large police response because they did not know the man's condition at the time

Authorities confirmed that the man was alive Friday morning. He is in critical condition & on life support according to authorities.

Oz Fitness confirmed that the man was a member of the gym.

Any witnesses that have not already been contacted by detectives are encouraged to call the Washington State Patrol at 509-227-6640.

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