Officers identified taser mental health

Herman Whitfield III performs at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on Feb. 13, 2009. Whitfield died while in police custody after being tased April 25, 2022.

The taser probes shot at a man suffering from an apparent mental health crisis during a fatal encounter with Indianapolis police Monday morning did not strike the man’s chest as police previously claimed, officials said late Friday afternoon.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said body camera footage and preliminary autopsy results indicate one taser probe struck Herman Whitfield III in the left side of his abdomen — not the chest.

The exact cause of Whitfield’s death during the encounter remained unclear Friday afternoon. Police had not yet released the body camera footage, and the Marion County Coroner told IndyStar the 39-year-old pianist’s cause of death might not be available for six to eight weeks, pending a toxicology exam and other tests.

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