Police Identify Shoplifting Suspect Who Died after Being Tased

A use of force investigation is underway after a shoplifting suspect died shortly after he was tased Tuesday evening. Lionel Morris, 39, of Conway died shortly after he was arrested by Conway Police Department officers, state police officials confirmed Wednesday.

Conway officers were called out at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday to the Harps Food Store, located at 1120 East German Lane, regarding a shoplifting incident. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told the Log Cabin Democrat that the officers “were directed to two individuals who had allegedly removed store merchandise from its packaging in what was believed to be an attempt to steal the merchandise.”

“Morris reportedly fled from police while inside the store and was apprehended by officers who struggled with Morris while attempting to place him in custody,” Sadler said. “During the altercation, police used an electronic control device in an attempt to subdue Morris.” Authorities said the 39-year-old Conway man became unresponsive… TheCabin.net

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