San Bernadino County Sheriff’s deputies said they had no choice but to Taser Dante Parker on Tuesday since the man became belligerent when deputies attempted to apprehend him.
According to officers, Parker was suspected of trying to break into a home in the area, but when they encountered Parker, who was riding a bicycle at the time, he was anything but cooperative.
Deputies say the large man appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drug and fought with a female officer, leaving them no choice but to Taser him several times.
Parker, 36, was taken to the hospital after police noticed him sweating but later passed away.
“We do everything together, as a family,” his sister, Youree Stewart, told NBC Los Angeles. “He’s a big part of our family. He’s really going to be missed.”
Parker, who worked for the Victorville Daily Press, was only days away from his 37th birthday.
“Dante was a good man, a family man who just wanted to provide the best he could for his wife and kids,” said supervisor Harry Pontius. “He’ll be extremely missed.”
Relatives say Parker was a dedicated father of five and one co-worker revealed that he’d recently quit drinking to reduce his chances of heart attack and stroke.
The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying officers were dispatched at 4:47pm on Tuesday after receiving a report that someone was trying to break into a home.
The officer who arrived at the scene spotted Parker riding his bicycle away from the area and attempted to detain him but Parker resisted, resulting in him being Tasered.
The Riverside County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of deαth.