Motorcyclist who died in police custody identified, California felony warrant discovered

A motorcyclist who died after being shot by police with a Taser over the weekend has been identified and is said to have had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

The individual, 44-year-old Michael John O'Connell was reportedly riding his motorcycle without a rear license plate Friday night near Littlefield, Ariz.

Police attempted to stop the O'Connell, but he stopped and fled on foot into the desert. When he became "combative," Associated Press reported , he was Tasered twice.

O'Connell stopped breathing while being led by police in handcuffs and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Through further investigation, Mohave County Sheriff's Office learned that O'Connell had a warrant out for his arrest alleging four felony counts of Lewd or Lascivious Acts on a Child under fourteen years of age and three felony counts of Lewd or Lascivious Acts on a Child fourteen or fifteen years of age.

The warrant was issued in late May from San Jose Police Department in California.

O'Connell had a home in Littlefield and Phoenix, police say.

O'Connell's death is still under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for this week.
 

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