MIAMI BEACH, FLA. -- Miami Beach police say an 18-year-old died after being shocked with a stun gun as he resisted arrest for spraying graffiti.
Chief Ray Martinez told the Miami Herald that officers spotted Israel Hernandez-Llach painting graffiti on an abandoned fast-food restaurant early Tuesday. Martinez said the teen ran, but was eventually cornered. He said Hernandez-Llach then ran at the officers and one shot him with a Taser in the chest. The teen went into medical duress and died at a hospital.
The teen’s friends told the Herald that Hernandez-Llach was originally from Colombia. His teachers at Miami Beach High School said he was a talented artist and photographer.
CBS Station WFOR Miami reported police saying the investigation is continuing and that they offered their condolences to the family of Hernandez-Llach.