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Man dies after crash and being tased by police

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

A man is dead after a car accident and police tasing in Middleburg Heights.

Police say they were called to an accident just after 11 p.m. Monday.  When they arrived, they saw that a man rear-ended another vehicle.

Police say Howard Hammon III, 41, was acting strangely, so they searched the car.  Hammon told the police he had a marijuana pipe in his pocket and they found weed and a pipe on him.

When officers tried to arrest Hammon, who was 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 275 pounds, they say he resisted.  Officers had to use tasers to subdue him long enough to get cuffs on him.

Paramedics were called to check on Hammon, and while officers were waiting they noticed he wasn't breathing.  He was pronounced dead on scene.

Hammon's family says they've watched the video, and they know their son, and say he was not resisting.  They claim police used too much force, tasing Hammon five times.  They are already in talks with lawyers.

Chief John W. Maddox Jr. says officers did nothing wrong and they are not on administrative leave at this time.

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