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Man Tasered at South Side police station and hospital dies

Updated: December 14, 2012 8:44AM

A man who was combative with police at a South Side lockup died Thursday after he was Tasered multiple times, authorities said.

Philip Coleman, 38, was pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital at 5:47 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Police say the man, who was arrested Wednesday evening, battled with officers several times while he was in custody of police from the Calumet Area lockup, 727 E. 111th St.

The man was arrested about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after officers were called to a home in the West Pullman neighborhood for a domestic disturbance, according to a statement released by police News Affairs.

When police arrived at the home, in the 12800 block of South Morgan Street, they found the man had beaten his 69-year-old mother, the statement said.

As he was being placed under arrest, police say the man struggled with officers and spat blood at them.

On Thursday he again fought with officers when they attempted to transport him to court, police said.

He was subdued after police Tasered him and transported to Roseland Community Hospital for treatment, the statement said.

At the hospital he was again physically aggressive, struggling with hospital staff and officers who used a Taser to subdue him, police said.

Hospital staff gave him a sedative and the man later died, though his time of death was not released, according to the statement.

Coleman’s father, Percy Coleman said that his son was a University of Chicago graduate who was not a troublemaker.

“He wasn’t a drug dealer or a gang banger,” said Coleman, a parole supervisor with the state of Illinois. “He had a meltdown.”

Coleman said his wife, the victim’s mother, was injured but was not in the hospital. “The only thing wrong with her is that she is devastated because of her son,” Coleman said.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority said he was aware of the man’s death and the agency is in the early stages of an investigation but declined to comment further.

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