Lincoln Man With Knife Dies After Taser Shot by Cop

Gabriel Bitterman

LINCOLN (AP) - Police say a knife-wielding man who was hit by a Taser shot has died.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Chief Tom Casady says an officer found 23-year-old Gabriel Bitterman holding his girlfriend at knifepoint.

Casady says the officer fired the Taser after Bitterman turned toward the officer, still holding the knife despite the officer's orders.

Bitterman soon stopped breathing.

The chief says Bitterman was given CPR and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered.

Casady says a crew for MTV's "Busted!" show was with the officer and got an audio recording of the incident. The tape has been retained as evidence.

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