Man dies after Manatee deputies use taser on him

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — An autopsy will be performed on a man who died after Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies used a taser on him.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said that at 12:25 on Wednesday morning, deputies responded to a disturbance at the Centerstone Behavioral Hospital and Addiction Center at 2020 26th Ave. E. in Bradenton.

When they arrived, deputies say Christopher Erdman, 39, was displaying erratic behavior. They say he was dropped off at the facility late Tuesday night after apparently being under the influence of narcotics for several days. Erdman was running around the lobby and yelling at the staff and was described as being out of control.

Deputies tried to secure Erdman, but say he resisted. One of the deputies used his taser to stun Erdman in the shoulder. Deputies handcuffed him and were preparing to transport him. At that time, he appeared to have a medical issue and became unresponsive.

Paramedics responded and Erdman was transported to Mease Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m.

The sheriff’s office says an autopsy will be performed on Erdman to determine the cause of his death.

The three deputies involved in the incident have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation.


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