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Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Police say 29-year old Debro Wilkerson of Manassas was being helped by paramedics late Saturday when he became disorderly, prompting police to use a Taser to subdue him.

Wilkerson was reportedly staying with relative, who says the incident began when Wilkerson began to suffer symptoms of a heart attack. Paramedics who arrived shortly after say when they tried to treat him, Wilkerson became delusional and combative.

Family members say the police were called and when Wilkerson suddenly tried to run, officers shocked him with the Taser three times. Wilkerson was then taken to the hospital where he died.

A criminal and internal investigation into the incident is underway.

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