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Assault suspect dies after Reading police use stun gun on him

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 13, 2017 10:23 AM
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(Reading) -- A suspect in a domestic assault died after Reading police used a stun gun on him during a struggle.

The Berks County district attorney's office has dentified the man as 25-year-old Kenneth Johnston.

Police say a 31-year-old woman reported Wednesday afternoon that Johnston was her boyfriend and he had assaulted her.

Authorities say a police officer found Johnston in a nearby alley and tried to place him under arrest, but he resisted.

Chief County Detective Michael Gombar says the officer used his department-issued stun gun on Johnston, who fell to the ground and become unresponsive.

Police performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An autopsy is planned for later today.

The district attorney's office is investigating.

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