Home intruder dies after being tased by Police
PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating the death of a man after officers responded to a home invasion and struck the suspected intruder with a Taser, Monday night.
At around 10:45 p.m., Pinecrest Police received a call of a naked intruder, who police identified as 43-year-old Norman Oosterbroek, at 58th Court and 132nd Terrace.
According to police reports, a couple were inside their Pinecrest home when the wife found the man inside. Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said, "She was confronted by a naked male."
Her husband came running after he heard her scream. He then confronted the man, but the verbal confrontation quickly turned violent. "There was a verbal altercation that ensued," Zabaleta said. "It escalated into a violent confrontation."
According to the police report, the residents saw the suspect eating something during the confrontation.
When police arrived, the suspect also got in a violent confrontation with them, at which point they subdued him with a Taser.
A neighbor who did not want to be unidentified said she was awoken to the commotion by her dogs barking.
Fire rescue responded after the man's body temperature shot up. According to police, the man had a negative reaction and was transported to Baptist Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
The neighbor said, "They could have found some other way to subdue him, to keep him down, instead of a Taser, because recently something like that happened in South Beach."
She is referring to another Police Taser death less than a month ago that was actually in the northern section of Miami Beach. Eighteen-year-old Israel Hernandez fled Miami Beach Police when he was caught tagging an abandoned building in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 6. He died after a Miami Beach Police officer tased him during a confrontation.
The suspect in this recent case lived only a few blocks away from the home he allegedly broke into, but the 43-year-old would never return home.
Miami-Dade Police are now investigating this death. An autopsy should reveal what, if anything, was in Oosterbroek's system at the time of his death.
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