Stun gun death ruled homicide, HPD launches internal investigation

Photo provided by Honolulu Police Department

We’re learning more about the man who died after getting into a confrontation with Honolulu police.

In March, officers used a stun gun on 38-year-old Sheldon Haleck. According to police, he was acting erratically in front of Iolani Palace.

But Haleck continued on. Officers used a stun gun one more time and Haleck eventually tripped and fell.

After officers arrested him, he fell unconscious and died at the hospital.

The medical examiner said Wednesday he died from “multiple metabolic and cardiac complications as a consequence of physical altercation with police.”

“Thickening of the heart muscle” also contributed to his death.

The medical examiner says Haleck had crystal methamphetamine in his system and was “acutely intoxicated.”

Given all this, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

HPD says it has launched an internal investigation and the officers involved are still on their regular duties.

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