Former Aston Villa striker, Dalian Atkinson has died after police shot him with Taser near his father’s home in Telford.
According to reports, officers had fired a Taser at about 1.30 am on Monday after responding to reports of concerns for a person’s safety. The man, who was rush to the hospital with an ambulance, failed to respond to medical attention and was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.
And as was later discovered, the man was Dalian Atkinson, who also played for Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. He is believed to have been visiting his 85-year-old father, Ernest.
Paramedics said he went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital. The death has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The police confirming this in a statement said:
“West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford.
“Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
“West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries.”
During a 16-year career, the striker played for Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday. He started his career at Ipswich and then played for Sheffield Wednesday and the Spanish side, Real Sociedad before moving to Villa. He was the first black player for Sociedad, scoring 12 goals in La Liga.
The striker is best remembered for scoring the Match of the Day goal of the season in the 1992-93 campaign – the inaugural Premier League season. Memorably, the Villa star dribbled the ball from inside his own half before chipping the Wimbledon keeper from the edge of the area.
Dalian Atkinson also scored at Wembley in 1994 as Villa beat Manchester United to lift the League Cup.