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Man Dies After Being Hit With Stun Gun by Police

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority

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    A 41-year-old man died after he was hit by an electronic stun gun when police tried to break up a fight on Chicago's southwest side.

    Police responded to a fight in the 4200 block of South Richmond Avenue in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood just after 2 a.m., according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

    Officers said they saw a "highly combative" man, later identified as Francisco Rocha, engaged in a physical altercation with a group of other men.

    When they attempted to break up the fight, Rocha resisted arrest and fought the officers, Estrada said.

    Officers used a stun gun on Rocha and later called for emergency medical services. Rocha was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

    An official from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said an autopsy performed Sunday was inconclusive. The incident was placed under review by the Independent Police Review Authority.