NY police stun gun death probe could take months

ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) — The New York attorney general's office says its investigation into the death of a man shocked with a police stun gun in Oneida could take several months.

According to the Observer-Dispatch, Police Chief Paul Thompson says officers involved in the incident have not been placed on administrative leave.

Thompson has said John Havener Jr. of Vernon Center was disorderly and trying to flag down cars on a highway just before dawn on Monday.

The police chief says officers used several methods before they fired a stun gun twice. He says Havener had difficulty breathing after he was handcuffed and died at a hospital.

An attorney general investigation is standard protocol after the police-involved death of an unarmed civilian.

The Havener family declined to comment.