Ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being hit by high-voltage gun

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By Chris Harris
Ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being hit by high-voltage gun

Tributes have flooded in for a former English footballer who died after being hit by a high-voltage police gun.

Dalian Atkinson was named by British media as the 48-year-old man who died in Telford, central England, in the early hours of Monday, August 15.

He played for Aston Villa, Spain’s Real Sociedad and Fenerbahce in Turkey, and also had a loan spell at French club FC Metz.

Police said the incident took place as officers were responding to a call expressing ‘concern for the safety of an individual’.

They said the high-voltage weapon, referred to as a Taser gun, was fired and that a man later died, despite receiving medical help.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which will probe whether officers acted properly.

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