The family of Armando Frank, the man shot and killed by police after being tased in the parking lot of a Walmart in Marksville, is speaking out on social media.
Christina Augustine Todd took to Facebook to say her cousin Frank was “harmless,” and his death “a shock to our whole family.” Another Facebook user bearing the same last name as Frank provided video of the incident, (below,) commenting, “Please make this go viral. Another killing by policemen in Marksville Louisiana. Ptsd veteran!”
According to Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Martel, deputies saw the man, identified as Armando Frank, 42, who they say was wanted on several warrants, sitting on a tractor outside the store. Deputies report when they tried to arrest Frank, he began to resist and was tasered. He was reportedly tasered a second time before deputies were able to get him on the ground. Frank’s breathing then reportedly became shallow, so they called for medical assistance. Martel says Frank died at a local hospital. source
Body cam footage of the incident will be reviewed and Frank’s body has been sent to the coroner’s office for an autopsy.
Martel says three deputies were also taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries they sustained in the scuffle.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.