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Canadian man dies after being pepper sprayed, Tasered and beaten

Associated Press - November 24, 2007 11:15 PM ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - A Canadian man died Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia - four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store.

He's the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.

Police say 36-year-old Robert Knipstrom died in a hospital after two officers used pepper spray, a Taser and their batons to subdue the British Columbia resident. Police earlier said Knipstrom was agitated, aggressive and combative with officers who responded.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick says a Taser was used against Knipstrom, but it's not immediately clear what role, if any, it played in his death.

The case comes as Canadian police face criticism over the death of Robert Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant who died at Vancouver airport last month after officers used a Taser and manhandled him.

A Nova Scotia man also died earlier this week, 30 hours after being shocked with the Taser at a jail where he was being held for investigation of assault.

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