Telford : A former Premier League footballer has died, three of his former clubs said on Monday, following reports he was shot with a Taser by police.
Dalian Atkinson died around 90 minutes after a Taser was used on him by police officers, Britain’s Press Association reported. Local police said in a statement that officers had been called to an address in central England amid concerns “for the safety of an individual.” Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Ipswich all paid their respects to Atkinson in posts on their websites.
Police said a man received medical attention after officers used a Taser when they arrived in the early hours. “An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered,” said the West Midlands Ambulance Service, which added that the man’s condition deteriorated as he was being taken to hospital and he went into cardiac arrest. “Despite the efforts of the crew and hospital staff, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at hospital, shortly after arrival.”
Atkinson scored 20 Premier League goals during his time at Aston Villa from 1991-95. Atkinson was most famous for the goal of the season in the 1992-93 Premier League.