Former KMOJ DJ dies after police taser


A call about domestic assault in Minneapolis early this morning led to police using a taser gun against the suspect, according to the Star Tribune. Suspect Quincy Smith, 24, of Minneapolis, died shortly after police tasered him. Smith was a one-time DJ on the local radio station KMOJ.

Smith worked at the station for less than two years as "Q the Blacksmith," the Strib says.

Officers were called to a home in the 1000 block of Knox Avenue N. at about 12:45 a.m. to investigate a report of a domestic assault by a man with a rifle, said Sgt. William Palmer.

Officers found Smith on the street and tried to arrest him. He resisted and officers shot him with a Taser, Palmer said.

After the man was subdued, he appeared to be having medical problems, and officers called for an ambulance. The suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died, Palmer said.

The cause of death is not yet known. Since June 2001, more than 320 individuals in the United States have died after being shocked by police tasers, according to Amnesty International.