Former Aston Villa Player Dalian Atkinson Dies After Being Tasered By Police


Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being Tasered by police.

The 48-year-old died in the early hours of the morning following an incident at his father’s home in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire,

Officers were called to an address in Meadow Close in the town at around 1.30am following reports of concern for a person.

The ex-striker’s father said his son had been in an extremely agitated state before the incident.

He said: “He was in a real state. I don’t know if he was drunk or on drugs but he was very agitated and his mind was upset.”

He added: “He was threatening and very upset. I didn’t call the police but someone else did.

“He got tasered in the street outside in the road. I didn’t see him but I saw a flash. I haven’t had any sleep and cannot take it in.”

A neighbour said they had heard a disturbance in the street in the early hours.

They said: “There was a lot of banging and shouting, and doors being kicked in.

“Dalian was shouting about being homeless, he wanted his dad to let him in – but his dad wouldn’t so he was kicking the door.

“I have no idea why, or what they were fighting about.”

West Mercia Police said they were called to a disturbance at around 1.30am on Monday during which a man was Tasered.

Despite the former footballer receiving medical attention, he was pronounced dead at around 3am.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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