Campus police chief Gene Ferrara called the Jan. 20 death of Kelly Brinson Sr., 45, of Cincinnati, unfortunate and tragic, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Hamilton County Coroner's Office said Brinson's death was under investigation, but indicated that if it is determined he died as a result of a Taser shock, it would be the first such death in the county.
Brinson's sister, Brenda Brinson, told the Enquirer her brother had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic decades ago and had been feeling suicidal since the holidays. She said he went to University Hospital on Jan. 18 and asked to be admitted to the psychiatric ward, but said family members discovered two days later he had been injured and was on a ventilator.
Family members said Brinson had become agitated and was shocked after being given sedatives.
A University Hospital spokesman declined to be interviewed, but Ferrara told the Enquirer that U of C officers did all they could to calm Brinson before using the Taser.