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Billings Officers Shoot Naked Man With Taser 4 Times

BILLINGS, Mont. - A man who was caught running down a Billings street naked is in critical condition after his heart stopped while he was in police custody. Police say officers shot him with a stun-gun four times, including once at the county jail. The man, whose name has not been released, went into cardiac arrest a short time later.

A news release from the Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's office says an off-duty sheriff's deputy was driving when he saw the man run down the street and enter a home late Sunday. The deputy assumed it was not the man's home, so he jumped out of his van and gave chase.

Authorities say the man came out of the home and drove off in the deputy's van, which was still running. The deputy caught up with the vehicle after it hit a parked car, by which time other officers had arrived. The news release says they were forced to shoot the man three times with a Taser to get him under control. Authorities say the man continued to fight at the jail and was Tasered again. Jail medical staff determined the man was stable, but he went into cardiac arrest a short time later.

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