A man who died after he was shot with a Taser by officers in Coconut Creek had been aggressive with paramedics who found him cut and covered in blood while responding to a 911 call, authorities said.
Coconut Creek Police announced Thursday that an internal affairs investigation and a criminal investigation are both underway in the death of 39-year-old Calvon Reid, who died on Feb. 24.
In a phone interview with NBC 6 Thursday, Reid's father, Calvon Reid Sr., said his son is a kind man with two teenage children.
"He wasn't doing anything wrong, why would they think they had to Tase him?" the father said.
According to police, paramedics with the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department had responded to the 911 call at 1702 Andros Isle on Feb. 22 for a medical incident when they found Reid, who was "in an agitated, combative state, and incoherent," according to a police news release.
Reid had numerous cuts on his arms, hands and chest, and his clothing was torn and bloodstained, police said. When he became aggressive with the paramedics, they called police to the scene.
As the officers arrived, Reid became more agitated and the officers tried to detain him, police said. Reid "exhibited threatening behavior and appeared to be hallucinating," police said.
Reid refused to comply with officers and the officers shot him with a Taser, police said. He was taken to Northwest Medical Center where he died two days later.
"It was uncalled for, totally uncalled for," Calvon Reid Sr. said. "We want to know why our son is dead."
Police haven't given the cause of death. The Broward State Attorney's Office will review the case after the investigation is concluded.