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New York Man Dies Following Violent Struggle with Police

September 22, 2014  | 

A New York man has died following a struggle with six local and state officers who deployed their ECW's to help arrest him.

Authorities said Daniel Satre, 43, of Saratoga Avenue, was screaming and walking in front of cars on that street just before 11 p.m. Saturday when two Ballston Spa officers responded. The officers called for backup to help arrest him on disorderly conduct charges.

Two officers from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and two state troopers arrived, and all six officers attempted to apprehend Satre, police said. Stun guns were then used by the officers to bring Satre under control, and he became unconscious after being handcuffed. Police said officers attempted to perform CPR at the scene, but Satre was pronounced dead at Saratoga Hospital just after midnight Saturday.

At a news conference Sunday, Balston Spa Village Police Chief Charles Koenig told the Times Union that Satre was warned several times that officers were preparing to stun him. Koenig said criminal and internal investigations are being conducted, and that no disciplinary action had been taken against the officers who used the stun guns on Satre. Officers from both Ballston Spa and the State Police stunned Satre, officials confirmed.

Comments (6)

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W Fawcett @ 9/22/2014 10:51 AM

Who cares! If law enforcement does what they are suppose to do they are fired, suspended and racked over the coals. If they try to go home to there families they punished. If they use what they r taught in the academy the are punished and hated. So why as a law enforcement family care. After my long time friend and co-worker was killed gunned down by a drunk with a AkA-47 for no reason. I know do not care and piss on media and the general public.

Carlos @ 9/22/2014 11:39 AM

I would be willing to bet that the subject was either under the influence or had some underlying medical condition that caused his death.

Either way, it doesn't sound like the Officer did anything wrong.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 9/22/2014 1:09 PM

Screaming and yelling at traffic while in the middle of the street. Ya think he might have been on something. He was told to comply and of course he didn't so he got zapped and probably continued not to comply so they hit him again. Now it was his choice to slow down after the first zap instead he kept it up and got it again. I am sorry for the loss of life but he made his choice and paid the ultimate price for it.

TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 2:10 AM

Al "Cocaine Snorting C.I.7" Shark-ton will be rolling in to get part of the financial action soon I'm sure. Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't...!!!

Diane @ 9/25/2014 4:10 PM

Under the influence or not, this man was guilty of nothing more than disorderly conduct. Granted, he became combative, but if six police officers cannot restrain an unarmed person fighting back at them without using electrical devices, then they are not capable of performing their duties and should lose their jobs. The fact that they used excessive force by hitting him with a taser four times, when the guidelines state they should never be hit more than three, should qualify them for criminal charges.
I expect that I will receive much negative feedback on this comment. I respect officers and have several in my family, but not everyone is good at their job, and these six made bad choices in field and should pay the price for it. Disorderly conduct does not warrant a death sentence.

Mac @ 9/26/2014 9:09 AM

You are right Diane, you will get negative comments. You obviously have no personal experience dealing with people in situations where they are under the influence of different types of chemical stimulation where they have absolutely no responce to any kind of pain, where tasers have no effect, where baton strikes have no effect, where these people have such super human strength that even 6 officers are not enough to subdue them. You think this is all made up, but this has been what police officers have had to deal with for years. And, most likely, the autopsy will find this person died from whatever he ingested that finally shut his system down. Would you like to have to deal with people like this, Diane? How would you do it? Those officers were trying to subdue a person who had parted links with reality and they tried the best way their training allowed them. You think they were not performing their duties? They were trying to do their duties as they wer trained to do.

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