A University of Cincinnati police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a teen was tased and died early Saturday morning.
Around 3:00 a.m., police were called to Turner Hall on campus for a report of an assault. When police arrived, there was a crowd at the residence hall and the scene was confusing.
According to Assistant Chief Jeff Corcoran, Everette Howard, 18, approached an officer with a balled fist and appeared agitated. The officer then reportedly asked Howard to stop coming toward him, but he refused.
The officer fired one taser shot at Howard and then he was put into handcuffs.
As police checked on his condition, Howard appeared incoherent but was breathing. Emergency crews were called to the scene to treat the teen and that's when he apparently went into cardiac arrest. Howard was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Police say there are two ongoing investigations following the incident. The first is an internal investigation into the use of force by the officer. So far there is no indication of any wrongdoing, but the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
The second investigation involves the initial assault report that police were called to on campus. It's still unknown at this time how Howard was involved and so far no arrests have been made in connection with the complaint.
Howard is a graduate of North College Hill High School. He was set to attend the University of Cumberlands in the fall.
A Facebook page has been created in Howard's honor. You can find it here.