PHOENIX - New video posted to YouTube shows a weekend confrontation inside a Phoenix fast-food restaurant that led to police shooting a suspect several times with a stun gun.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he died, according to officials. It is unclear if the taser contributed to the man's death.
Police identified the man Tuesday as 38-year-old Edward Michael Caruth, according to Phoenix police Sgt. James Holmes.
In the YouTube video , two officers are seen trying to restrain an agitated individual inside a Freddy's Steak Burgers restaurant when the man begins to resist officers' orders.
The recorded video shows the individual get up to his feet and attempt to throw multiple punches at each of the officers, who then appear to engage their tasers.
"On the ground! On the ground!" one of the officers can be heard saying to the individual.
The fight eventually leads outside the restaurant where authorities continue to discharge their tasers as Caruth throws punches.
Watch the YouTube video below (mobile users: http://bit.ly/1eG91Jm ):
According to a police report, the individual walked in and out of the restaurant, mumbling to himself and eventually barricading himself inside the restaurant's bathroom where he allegedly turned on the faucets and flooded the floor.
The suspect then attempted to walk into the kitchen, but an employee grabbed a knife and ordered the suspect away, according to police.
Former Assistant Police Chief Andy Anderson says based on what he sees in the YouTube video the deck was stacked against the officers from the start.
The wet floor that caused one officer to slip created a weakness.
He also points out the added pressure of having so many employees close to an enraged suspect who clearly isn’t afraid of authority.
"He's a big strong man, and likely under the influence of drugs too," Anderson said.
He adds one of the most simple actions on the video actually carried the most danger, the moment the handcuff clicked onto Caruth's wrist.
"When he's swinging that's not an empty hand, that's a deadly weapon that he's got on the end of that hand."
One officer suffered cuts to his hand and right arm. A sergeant suffered injuries to his ear, back and shoulder.
It is unknown why the suspect was in the business or why he was upset, said Holmes. The investigation is ongoing.