Normally, this would just be a paragraph from a news article, complete with a link to the media outlet from which it was quoted. But the Tale of Chad Brothers of Troy is so amazingly amazing that that just won't cut it. That photo came from his Facebook page which he apparently opened, oh, a day earlier. So, off we go:
Witnesses told police that Chad Brothers, 32, of Troy, was acting strange when he arrived at the gym around 5:45 a.m., using exaggerated sounds as he worked out.
Around 6:18 a.m., havoc broke out when Brothers fell or jumped off an elliptical machine. Brothers went over to a treadmill where another man was working out, increased the speed of the machine and punched the man in the face, said Colonie Police Chief Steven H. Heider.
Brothers, who police described as 6 feet 1, about 230 pounds and very muscular, pushed over several universal weight machines, each weighing about 700 pounds. Brothers destroyed a display case and threw 45-pound dumbbells. He left the building twice and returned, police said.
A female police officer arrived and ordered Brothers to stand down, but Brothers threw boxes at her. She discharged a Taser at him, which latched to his chest and upper leg, Heider said. The Taser brought Brothers to the ground, and as the officer was putting him in handcuffs, Heider said, Brothers stood up with the officer on his back.
At one point, Brothers grabbed the Taser from the officer and appeared to shock himself, Heider said.
Police needed two sets of handcuffs to restrain Brothers because of his size. One minute after being placed into custody, Brothers apparently went into cardiac arrest, police said.
The officers and a gym patron — an off-duty firefighter — began CPR and attached a defibrillator before the arrival of emergency medical personnel, Heider said. Brothers was still breathing and alive, so the defibrillator did not administer a shock, he said. Brothers was pronounced dead when he arrived at 7:14 a.m. at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
And finally ...
An autopsy, including a toxicological study, will be performed Tuesday. Police requested that Brothers be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.
Heider suggested excited delirium may have contributed to Brothers' death. Excited delirium is a controversial syndrome in which someone is in an extremely agitated state.
Chief: Tasers justified [Times-Union] (H/T Chris C.)