A man died after being tased early this morning by Puyallup tribal police officers in a hotel room at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, tribal spokesman John Weymer said.
The security team at the casino was patrolling the building’s parking garage, from where they looked through a hotel room window and saw two men fighting about 1:30 a.m, Weymer said.
The security personnel then called tribal police, and two officers arrived and knocked on the hotel room door.
One of the men in the room then attacked the officers, who tried to subdue him and used a taser, Weymer said.
The man was then handcuffed and shortly thereafter stopped breathing. CPR was performed, and he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Weymer said the incident remains under investigation, and that the officers are on paid administrative leave, per policy.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Sampson Castellane, 29, of Tacoma.