Assault suspect who died after hit by Taser identified
Gibraltar — A suspect in an alleged assault has been identified after he died early Thursday when a Gibraltar police officer used a Taser during his arrest.
David Kapuscinski, 39, died about an hour after the confrontation with police on the 14000 block of Gibraltar Road, said Ryan Bridges, spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police dispatched to the location around 3:20 a.m. found a man who was “out of control and assaulting the caller’s mother,” the department said in a statement.
A Taser was deployed as officers confronted Kapuscinski in an attempt to take him into custody, police said.
Kapuscinski then “began to show signs of medical complications,” police said. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The cause of death is unknown pending further investigation, Bridges said.
In the statement Thursday, police said a preliminary investigation “shows that all department policies and procedures in this incident were followed and the officer’s use of force was justified.”
Meanwhile, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, police said.
The investigation has been turned over to Michigan State Police.
“Detectives from the (Special Investigation Section) are currently conduction interviews, collecting evidence and awaiting autopsy results,” Michigan State Police said in a statement. “This complaint will be turned over the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for their review when completed.”