Police tasered former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson to death at his father’s house in the early hours of Monday morning after neighbours invited them after they reportedly noise and banging of the front door. The 48-year-old was said to have been on drink or drug before his outrage at his father house in Telford, UK.
“I don’t know if he was drunk or on drugs but he was very agitated and his mind was upset.
“The last thing he said to me was ‘don’t move’ when the police came to the door.
“He was threatening and very upset. I didn’t call the police but someone else did.
“He got Tasered in the street outside in the road. I didn’t see him but I saw a flash. I haven’t had any sleep and cannot take it in.
“The police are dealing with this now, ” his 85-year-old father said.
A neighbour who watched the action from her window said the police had warned Atkinson to freeze but he kept moving towards them forcing them to Taser him three times. She said immediately he was struck, he fell to the ground. He was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved after he had a heart attack from the effect of the Taser.
Some neighbours claim the police’s Taser could not be said to be responsible for the star’s death. They said he had been in and out of hospital as a result of his constant health problems.
Atkinson first came to prominence at Ipswich Town as a teenager, impressing seasoned experts with his speed and daring which included a hat-trick against a Middlesbrough side containing Gary Pallister and future Ipswich captain Tony Mowbrayat the heart of their defence in the 1987–88 season.
In 1989, manager Ron Atkinson brought him to Sheffield Wednesday for £450,000 where he formed a fine front partnership with David Hirst for a single season. He was an ever-present in the league for Sheffield Wednesday in his only season there, scoring 10 goals but being unable to prevent them from being relegated. After relegation he was sold to Real Sociedad for £1.7million.
He was the first black player in Real Sociedad’s history.He was nicknamed “el txipiron” (the squid) by Sociedad fans during the 1990–91 season. Unfortunately, the Spanish did not have a good year, although Atkinson made a good contribution over the season, scoring 12 goals in La Liga.
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