Man dies after struggle with officer, K-9

From Local Sources

Police say a 24-year-old Missouri man died in the hospital days after struggling with officers during an arrest at an interstate rest area.

On Sunday, police report that the Spencer County 911 Dispatch received an emergency call reporting an agitated adult male at the Interstate 64 rest area near the 58-mile marker. Police say a Dale K-9 officer responded to the scene and made contact with Taylor Ware, 24, Kansas City, MO.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reason with Ware, police say a struggle ensued at which point Ware allegedly battered the Dale officer.

The Dale officer then deployed his K-9 partner in efforts to gain control of the situation.

Moments later, police say, a Santa Claus officer arrived and observed Ware continuing to resist the Dale officer and his K-9. The Santa Claus officer then deployed his taser but was unsuccessful in subduing Ware.

Police say Ware then allegedly began to choke the K-9 with one hand while grabbing the officer's taser with the other hand. While holding the taser, Ware attempted to deploy the taser on the Santa Claus officer.

Indiana State Troopers from the Jasper Post then arrived on scene after additional assistance was requested. Ware was placed into handcuffs and temporarily subdued until a previously staged ambulance arrived minutes later.

Police say Ware continued to resist while being provided immediate medical attention at the scene. Ware was initially transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper before being transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital.

On Wednesday, ISP officials were made aware that Ware had died at U of L Hospital. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Those who were at the rest area and witnessed the above events are encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 1-800-742-7475.

The matter remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.

According to police, all next of kin notifications have been made.

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