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Man subdued by Taser at South Side police station dies

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An autopsy was inconclusive on an allegedly combative man who died Thursday after he was Tasered multiple times.

Philip Coleman, 38, of an unidentified home address, was pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital at 5:47 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Authorities said Coleman battled with officers several times while he was in custody of police from the Calumet Area lockup at 727 E. 111th St.

The man was arrested about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after officers were called to a home in the West Pullman neighborhood for a domestic disturbance, according to a statement released by police News Affairs.

When police arrived at the home in the 12800 block of South Morgan Street they found the man had beaten his 69-year-old mother, the statement said.

As he was being placed under arrest, police say the man struggled with officers and spat blood at them.

On Thursday, he again fought with officers when they attempted to transport him to court, police said.

He was subdued after police Tasered him and transported to Roseland Community Hospital for treatment, the statement said.

At the hospital he was again physically aggressive, struggling with hospital staff and officers who used a Taser to subdue him, police said.

Hospital staff gave him a sedative and the man later died, though his time of death was not released, according to the statement.

A Friday autopsy was inconclusive pending further investigation, according to the medical examiner's office.

Coleman's father, Percy Coleman said that his son was a University of Chicago graduate who was not a troublemaker.

"He wasn't a drug dealer or a gang banger," said Coleman, a parole supervisor with the state of Illinois. "He had a meltdown."

Coleman said his wife, the victim's mother, was injured but was not in the hospital. "The only thing wrong with her is that she is devastated because of her son," Coleman said.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority said he was aware of the man's death and the agency is in the early stages of an investigation but declined to comment further.

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