Tasered suspect dies at hospital Gilbert police had used stun gun during arrest Elias C. Arnold The Arizona Republic Jan. 19, 2007 12:00 AM A Gilbert man died early Thursday after police used a Taser to subdue him during an arrest. The safety record of the Valley-produced stun gun has come under fire in recent years in the wake of more than 150 similar deaths. Police shocked 18-year-old Andrew J. Athetis on Wednesday evening when he failed to comply with orders. advertisement Athetis then struggled during the arrest and soon after suffered medical distress and was taken to a hospital, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center about 6:30 the following morning, police said. Lt. Joe Ruet, a Gilbert police spokesman, said the incident is under investigation. Officers across the country have blamed the gun for career-ending injuries suffered during training exercises, and coroners have attributed some deaths to the gun. Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc. maintains the gun, which delivers a 50,000-volt shock, is safe. About 50 wrongful-death or personal-injury suits are pending against the company. Thirty have been dismissed. Gilbert police responded to an unknown-trouble call about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of East Cullumber Street, northwest of Lindsay and Elliot roads, where police learned there had been a robbery. Witnesses told police Athetis had acted erratically and yelled, telling a 43-year-old woman his name and advising her to call police. He then punched her and took her keys, police said. The woman went into a residence when Athetis tried to get into her vehicle, police said. He tried to follow her into the residence but was unsuccessful and fled. Officers caught up with Athetis, confronted him with guns drawn and deployed a Taser when he failed to comply, police said. I bet they find coke in his system.