ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 76-year-old resident at Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park died from complications of being stunned with an electronic device, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
The center confirms that Zheng Diao was a resident, and that he was involved in what they describe as an "incident" on July 14.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said Diao was incapacitated by an electronic weapon, similar to a Taser, which caused him to fall and injure his face.
Diao died on July 29 after his injuries led to a condition called aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when foreign substances like liquid or saliva are breathed into the lungs.
"Our staff responded quickly and appropriately at the time of the incident by immediately contacting the local authorities for assistance," Kristie Johnsrud, administrator of Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, said in a statement Wednesday. "We also reported the incident to the Minnesota Department of Health, as required by law."
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Health said would not say whether the agency is investigating the incident.
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