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Investigators: El Monte Police Fatally Struck, Used Taser On Mentally Ill Man

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EL MONTE (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say El Monte police used flashlights, batons and a stun gun on a mentally ill man suspected of elder abuse who later died at a hospital.

A Tuesday sheriff’s statement says an autopsy has been performed on 37-year-old Khoa Anh Le, but the cause of death was deferred until drug tests are completed.

His family told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Le was schizophrenic and had fought with his father before police were called.

The sheriff’s statement says Le assaulted the police officers while family members say he was calmly using his computer when they put him in a chokehold.

The statement says officers struck Le with flashlights and batons and used a Taser on him.

Two officers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

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