10/31/2013 06:15 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Simon Chung Dead: Edmonton Man Zapped By Police With Taser Dies In Hospital


EDMONTON - An investigative unit says a 39-year-old man who was zapped by Edmonton police with an electronic stun gun has died in hospital.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, known as ASIRT, says an autopsy will be done on the man who died Wednesday night.

He was hospitalized in serious condition last week after an encounter with police.

CBC Edmonton has identified the victim as Simon Chung, 39, who had only recently been released from jail, where he was being held on drug charges.

Chung's criminal record goes back to the 1990s and includes two convictions from 2011, one for death threats to cause bodily harm and another for possession of a weapon — a knife.

Chung was scheduled to appear in court this week for two assault charges laid in April to which he has pleaded not guilty.

-CBC Edmonton.

There have been few details about what happened.

ASIRT hasn't said how many times the man was hit with a Taser, but media reports have quoted witnesses who said it was three times.

ASIRT reports to the Alberta Justice Department and investigates events involving serious injury or death that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.

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