Lawyer: Hospital, police mishandled mental patient who died

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Posted: Feb 26, 2016 3:35 PM

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer for relatives of an Alabama mental patient who died after being shot by a police stun gun at a hospital says officers and medical workers mishandled the situation.

Attorney John Taylor says hospital employees shouldn't have called police to subdue 49-year-old Randy Joe Nelson at Athens-Limestone Hospital during a psychotic episode.

And Taylor said Friday that officers shouldn't have repeatedly used a stun gun on Nelson after he became agitated.

Police video shows Nelson lost consciousness minutes after the initial jolt. He died five days later at another hospital after doctors removed life support.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson has said officers acted in accordance with established policies. State police are investigating.

A hospital spokeswoman was out of the office and didn't immediately respond to a telephone message.