SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A Missouri man has died days after struggling with officers during an arrest at a rest area in Spencer County.
24-year-old Taylor Ware, of Kansas City, MO, died on Wednesday at the University of Louisville Hospital.
On Sunday, Aug. 25th, authorities responded to a rest area along I-64 in Spencer County for reports of an agitated adult male.
A Dale K-9 officer arrived and tried numerous times to reason with Ware, then a struggle ensued.
Police say Ware battered the officer and the officer deployed a K-9 to try to gain control of the situation.
Later, a Santa Claus officer arrived and tried to tase Ware, but was unsuccessful. Ware began to choke the K-9 with one hand, while grabbing the officers taser with his other hand, according to ISP.
Police say Ware tried to tase one of the officers.
Indiana State Police Troopers from the Jasper Post arrived to help with the incident. Ware was placed in handcuffs and temporarily subdued. Polcie say Ware continued to resist while getting immediate medical attention at the scene.
Initially, he was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital before being transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital.
On Aug. 28th, ISP were told Ware died at U of L Hospital. His cause of death is unknown.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, August 30th.
anyone who was at the rest area and witnessed the incident is asked to call ISP Jasper Post at 1-800-742-7475.
This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.
Next of kin have been notified.
(This story was originally published on August 29, 2019)