Former Premier League soccer player Dalian Atkinson has died after he was shot by British police with a Taser early Monday.
West Mercia Police said in a statement Monday that an independent investigation has been launched into the death of a man who was shot by police with a Taser in the town of Telford early Monday.
The deceased man was named by local media as Dalian Atkinson, a 48-year-old former striker for English soccer team Aston Villa.
Atkinson played in the early 1990s for the Birmingham-based club, which was then part of the Premier League, and is remembered for having scored one of the competition’s great individual goals in 1992.
Aston Villa released a statement Monday saying it was saddened to hear of Atkinson’s death, and recalling his memorable moments playing for the club.
An investigation is under way at the location where Atkinson was fatally shot early Monday with a Taser.
“Upon arrival, Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3 a.m.” read the statement.
The statement said that the incident had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), “as is normal procedure,” and that as a result, officials could make no further comment on the case.
Forensic investigators were at the residential street where the incident occurred Monday, and had erected a cordon at the scene.