13 Mar 2015

Dog, pepper spray, tasers used before death

5:41 pm on 13 March 2015

Police say a dog, pepper spray and tasers were used on a man who died after being arrested in Napier last night.

Acting eastern district commander Mike Johnson

Acting eastern district commander Mike Johnson Photo: RNZ / Peter Fowler

Acting Eastern District Commander Mike Johnson said the man was found in Napier after reports of a serious assault on the man's parents in Hastings.

Mr Johnson said the man refused to get out of the car so pepper spray, tasers and a dog were used to get him out of the car and arrest him.

"The two tasers were deployed. I'm aware that some taser- a taser- did strike him but I'm unable to confirm the effects or otherwise at this time."

He said police noticed the man was struggling to breath, changed colour and died after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Mr Johnson would not comment on the man's state of mind or what he was doing in the car or what caused the death.

Several investigations were underway and the man's name will not be released until his relatives have been notified.