Upstate NY suspect dies in custody after police use stun gun

ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) — State police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old central New York man who succumbed after police used a stun gun on him.

Oneida Police Chief Paul Thompson tells the Observer-Dispatch that John Havener was acting in a disorderly manner and attempting to flag down cars on a highway just before dawn on Monday.

Thompson says the officers who responded to the scene used several methods before they fired a stun gun twice. Thompson says Havener, who was not armed, had difficulty breathing once he was handcuffed and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

The state attorney general’s office has entered the investigation because it’s protocol when an unarmed civilian is killed by police.

Trooper Jack Keller says an autopsy is planned in the next few days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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