Ex-Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson dies after being shot with taser by police

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A man who died after being Tasered by police in Telford, Shropshire, has been named as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson.

Mr Atkinson died early on Monday morning after officers responded to an alert “for the safety of an individual” at a home in Meadow Close around 1.30am.

An ambulance spokesman said while he was being take to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he was suffered a cardiac arrest.

He as pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the medical facility.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Atkinson’s wonder goal against Wimbledon during a 3-2 win in October 1992 was named Match of the Day’s goal of the season.

In 1994, he scored at Wembley as Villa beat Manchester United to lift the League Cup.

Atkinson started his career at Ipswich and then played for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa.


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