‘Delirious’ man shocked with Taser, arrested by Springfield Township police dies
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man police say bit an officer and was shocked by a Taser during an arrest last week has died, according to authorities.
Jordn Miller, 24, was reportedly naked and acting erratic in the Milo White Drive area at around 3 p.m. Sept. 8. As police headed to the scene, reports state that Miller put clothes on and was then trying to steal a car.
When officers arrived, they found that Miller had been corralled by witnesses and was being held inside the car. Officers described him as delirious and uncooperative, and he was also bleeding.
When police tried to remove him from the car, Miller reportedly bit one of them on the calf. At that point, a Taser was used on Miller before he was handcuffed and removed from the car.
Police say that before EMS arrived, Miller was “in distress but was still breathing and had a pulse.” After EMS arrived, he stopped breathing. He was taken to Akron General Hospital.
Police report their investigation showed the man had been abusing drugs over three days and had not slept in that time.
In a statement released Monday, Springfield Township police Chief John Smith said:
“It is with much sorrow that we hear of the passing of Jordn Miller. Regardless of the circumstances, any loss of life is tragic and no more so than for the family of this young man. Our thoughts and prayers go with them during this difficult time.
Although all indications are that the arresting officers followed proper procedure, I have requested that the office of the Summit County Prosecutor conduct an independent review of the incident involving Mr. Miller. This is done solely in the spirit of maintaining transparency and integrity.
Our department is committed to the safety and well-being of the citizens we serve and that commitment will continue in light of current events. As we move forward, we ask for the continued support and confidence this great community has always shown us.”