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Theft suspect dead after being tased in Old Town

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An officer handles a taser that was used on a retail theft suspect early Wednesday in Old Town. / photo from Network Video Productions An officer handles a taser that was used on a retail theft suspect early Wednesday in Old Town. / photo from Network Video Productions
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A retail theft suspect is dead after he was critically injured when police used a stun gun on him May 7 in the Old Town neighborhood.

Dominique Franklin, Jr., 23, of the 21000 block of Olivia Avenue in Sauk Village, was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

During a retail theft arrest about 12:15 a.m. in the 200 block of West North Avenue on May 7, officers used a taser on Franklin, who was resisting arrest and “refused to cooperate with officers,” police said.

After the taser was deployed, Franklin suffered a head injury when he fell to the ground.

Witnesses told reporters at the scene that they were inside a nearby Walgreens store – located at 1601 N. Wells St. – when they heard employees talking about a man who had stolen items from the store and running away along the sidewalk. Witnesses also added that they later saw a man lying in the street outside, not moving, with multiple police SUVs nearby. That man was later loaded into an ambulance and taken away.

Charges were filed against Franklin for resisting an officer and retail theft, both felonies, police said.

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