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Published On: Mon, Aug 15th, 2016

Dalian Atkinson, former Aston Villa striker, ‘dies after Taser shot’

A man who died after he was shot by police with a Taser gun has been named locally as ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, according to the Press Association.

A man who died after he was shot by police with a Taser gun has been named locally as ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, according to the Press Association.

Officers were called to a home in Meadow Close, Telford in the early hours of Monday morning amid concerns “for the safety of an individual”.

West Mercia Police said the 48-year-old man was given medical treatment after being Tasered but died around 90 minutes later.

An ambulance spokesman said while he was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital in the Shropshire town his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility and it has since been reported the individual concerned was Atkinson.

The former striker is best remembered for scoring Villa’s opening goal in their 1994 League Cup final win over Manchester United at Wembley.

Dalian Atkinson played for a number of clubs including Aston Villa, Ipswich and Manchester City
Dalian Atkinson played for a number of clubs including Aston Villa, Ipswich and Manchester City

He also won the first Premier League Goal of the Season prize for a fine individual effort for Villa against Wimbledon in the 1992/93 campaign.

Although he was never capped by England, Atkinson did play in one B international and scored his team’s goal in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Cork in 1990.

Atkinson’s other clubs included Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Fenebahce and Manchester City.

Dean Saunders (right) congratulates Atkinson after scoring for Villa
Dean Saunders (right) congratulates Atkinson after scoring for Villa

Wednesday tweeted their condolences, saying: “The thoughts of everyone at Wednesday are with the friends and family of Dalian Atkinson this morning. RIP.”

Current Villa midfielder Jack Grealish also took to social media to say: “RIP Dalian Atkinson. Loved watching videos of him & always remember his great goal vs Wimbledon. My thoughts are with his family & friends.”

The police use of Tasers is intended as a non-lethal weapon. The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Sheffield Wednesday have tweeted their sadness at Atkinson's passing - he played for them from 1989 to 1990
Sheffield Wednesday have tweeted their sadness at Atkinson’s passing – he played for them from 1989 to 1990

Police said in a statement: “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.”

Atkinson in action for Real Sociedad in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid
Atkinson in action for Real Sociedad in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by West Mercia Police to an address in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford at about 1.45am this morning.

“An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered.

“As he was being conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.

Atkinson made one appearance for England B, scoring in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in March 1990
Atkinson made one appearance for England B, scoring in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in March 1990

“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.”

The police use of Tasers rose slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales – a two per cent increase compared with 2015.

Officers were called to a home in Meadow Close, Telford in the early hours of Monday morning amid concerns “for the safety of an individual”.

West Mercia Police said the 48-year-old man was given medical treatment after being Tasered but died around 90 minutes later.

An ambulance spokesman said while he was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital in the Shropshire town his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility and it has since been reported the individual concerned was Atkinson.

The former striker is best remembered for scoring Villa’s opening goal in their 1994 League Cup final win over Manchester United at Wembley.

Dalian Atkinson played for a number of clubs including Aston Villa, Ipswich and Manchester City
Dalian Atkinson played for a number of clubs including Aston Villa, Ipswich and Manchester City

He also won the first Premier League Goal of the Season prize for a fine individual effort for Villa against Wimbledon in the 1992/93 campaign.

Although he was never capped by England, Atkinson did play in one B international and scored his team’s goal in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Cork in 1990.

Atkinson’s other clubs included Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Fenebahce and Manchester City.

Dean Saunders (right) congratulates Atkinson after scoring for Villa
Dean Saunders (right) congratulates Atkinson after scoring for Villa

Wednesday tweeted their condolences, saying: “The thoughts of everyone at Wednesday are with the friends and family of Dalian Atkinson this morning. RIP.”

Current Villa midfielder Jack Grealish also took to social media to say: “RIP Dalian Atkinson. Loved watching videos of him & always remember his great goal vs Wimbledon. My thoughts are with his family & friends.”

The police use of Tasers is intended as a non-lethal weapon. The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Sheffield Wednesday have tweeted their sadness at Atkinson's passing - he played for them from 1989 to 1990
Sheffield Wednesday have tweeted their sadness at Atkinson’s passing – he played for them from 1989 to 1990

Police said in a statement: “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.”

Atkinson in action for Real Sociedad in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid
Atkinson in action for Real Sociedad in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by West Mercia Police to an address in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford at about 1.45am this morning.

“An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered.

“As he was being conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.

Atkinson made one appearance for England B, scoring in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in March 1990
Atkinson made one appearance for England B, scoring in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in March 1990

“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.”

The police use of Tasers rose slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales – a two per cent increase compared with 2015. – Skysporys