*UPDATE* Tased Man Dies at Alliance Health Ponca City

Ponca City Now - July 1, 2016 10:21 am

A 56-year-old Ponca City man who ran from police Thursday night was tased by an officer.

Roger Bales was transported by Ponca City Fire Department EMS to Alliance Health Ponca City, where he died this eveing at approximately 7:20pm.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called to assist Ponca City Police in the investigation and interviewing witnesses

At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, an officer noticed a vehicle traveling southbound on 14th Street with a tail light out. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver pulled in to South Avenue Liquor at 13th Street and South Avenue. The driver ran from that location, while a passenger in the vehicle did not run.

The officer pursued the suspect from the liquor store and they crossed 14th Street north of the Conoco station at 14th and South Avenue.

The officer deployed his Taser and the suspect was apprehended. Other officers arrived to assist, and an ambulance was called for the suspect.

The investigation is continuing.


Roger Bales died this evening at Alliance Health Ponca City. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office will perform an autopsy.


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