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Man who died after arrest identified in police records

  • Police arrested a man on South King Street

The 38-year-old man who died Tuesday after being hit with pepper spray and twice with a stun gun while resisting arrest was Sheldon Haleck, who listed no local address, according to police arrest records.

Officers arrested Haleck on suspicion of disorderly conduct at 8:24 p.m. Monday  in front of Iolani Palace on South King Street.

Police said officers responded Monday night to a report of a man wearing dark-colored clothing and running in the middle of the roadway, acting erratically.  

Haleck  refused to leave the street, continuously running away and evading the officers as they approached him, police said.  

One of the officers used pepper spray,  but was ineffective and the suspect remained on the road, police said.

Another officer used an electric stun gun twice, but it did not stop Haleck, police said.

Haleck tripped and fell on the  street while trying to evade officers, who described him as “combative.”  Haleck was escorted to the sidewalk when he suddenly became unresponsive, police said. 

 Paramedics and firefighters treated Haleck and he was taken to Queen’s Medical Center, where he died on Tuesday.

Haleck was supposed to appear April 14  in Honolulu District Court on the disorderly conduct charge, a petty misdemeanor.

 Police classified Hallecks’ case as an unattended death, pending the results of an autopsy.

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