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Police Probe Death Of DUI Suspect Who Died After Being Tased

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Police are probing the death of a drunk-driving suspect who died while in the custody of police last month.Mark Courtier, 50, was pulled over at 7:50 p.m. on April 4 on Vermont Avenue in Koreatown, because police suspected he was driving drunk. Police said in a release that Courtier attempted to flee the scene, and an officer fired his taser gun in 'Direct Stun Mode.' Police said that Courtier resisted arrest as they tried to handcuff him, and he suffered a face laceration during the struggle.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and while they were treating him, they found that he was non-responsive. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead not long after arriving. LAPD announced today that the Force Investigation Division is investigating the incident.

Almost exactly a year ago Marland Anderson, a porn star known as Sledge Hammer, died in the custody of LAPD after he was tased.