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N.Y. Bodybuilder Dies After Fighting Cops

November 03, 2011  | 

The Colonie (N.Y.) Police officers who subdued a weightlifter who later died appear to have acted appropriately, according to Chief Steven Heider.

Responding officers stopped Chad Brothers, 32, who was tearing up a Gold's Gym in a one-man riot on Monday.

The 6-1, 230-pound Brothers arrived at 5:45 a.m. for a workout and went into a violent frenzy, flipping over 700-pound weight machines and heaving dumbbells, reports the Times Union.

Brothers attacked a female officer who first responded to the scene, grabbing her after she snapped on one handcuff and throwing her over his back. Brothers received four or five TASER shocks before officers and gym-goers were able to bring him down.

Comments (13)

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AusFost1 @ 11/3/2011 6:45 PM

Interesting; TASER issue or positional asphyxia issues? Certainly ticks all the P.A. boxes. Autopsy will be revealing. Glad all the officers are OK - very brave of that first officer to cuff him!

Hank @ 11/3/2011 7:21 PM

Roid rage?

Chuck Hood @ 11/3/2011 8:19 PM

Really glad that the first office is ok. But she should have called and
waited for backup......she put herself in unnecessary harms-way. But she really is a brave office!!

john vosnich @ 11/3/2011 10:02 PM

gold gym might need od leo for security and agree with chuck hood,roids,meth,pcp, sorry a man had to die

Dan @ 11/4/2011 1:43 AM

What about excited delirium?

Vinnie @ 11/4/2011 3:53 AM

I hope that both officers are recovering and continue to receive the support of the department.

janet @ 11/4/2011 7:08 AM

He acted as if he was high on drugs. I'm glad the officers were not seriously hurt.

Dr. Leonard J. Mather @ 11/4/2011 7:27 AM

The autopsy will reveal the presence of any substances adversely affecting this man's metabolism and electrolyte balance. Body builders notoriously use illegal substances. His behavior allows for hypothesizing presence of such. Some could readily have caused metabolic acidosis, and electrolyte imbalance especially after a bout of physical activity. In such casess, the average Joe simply notes that the police were involved, tasered him in a fight, and therefore "killed him." The faulty reasoning here is called post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Johnny @ 11/4/2011 8:00 AM

oh i,m sure it will blamed on those "evil tasers" and/or those "evil cops" that use them.

Brian @ 11/4/2011 8:18 AM

Sounds more like an excited delirium case. Too many times positional asphyxia or taser is blamed. I agree with Dr. Mather above. Hopefully they got a core body temp and blood chemistry immediately.

Terry @ 11/5/2011 10:44 AM

He must have been high on something, Denver PD had kind of the same incident, male went crazy at the Denver zoo, was tased and later died, when autopsy was done found that he died from heart related problem, not due to actions of the officers. To many people using drugs and having confrontations with officers. Also law enforcement respect from public is at a serious low these days. Thank GOD for the people in blue who protect our country. :)

John Russell @ 11/7/2011 7:53 PM

Hey lucky tasers are DC imagine if they were in AC ? Let us just say you better be wearing NITRILE GLOVES Latex ect ect. Seriously who determines how safe TASER"s really are? Is there any devise that guages the effects much like UL does with electrical devises?

Scott in Florida @ 11/8/2011 5:07 AM

John Russell, There have been many studies with the taser and none of the deaths that have occured when they were used could be conclusively tied to the taser. It uses 50,000 volts, no amps and is emitting 1.76 joules. Considering when someone is placed on a AED, the intial shock to restart the heart is around 250 joules. The current from a Police issued taser wont even effect an implanted pace maker. It is highly unlikely this man died from the taser shock, it was either due to excited dilerium, medication (Illegal or legal) or he bounced off a weight machine or several bar bells on his way down. I have dealt with Excited Dilirium people before and several have died. I can tell you from first hand knowledge, when a man is flipping 700 pound weight machines, you have bigger problems because that Taser probably wont work on him. Scary stuff John, From your post, I'm getting the impression you are not a LEO or you work for an agency who doesn't carry the Taser. A basic Taser usage class will explain exactly what a Taser does to the body and you wouldn't have posed the question. I hope this clears up any questions you may have.

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