Former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a taser by police.
The former professional has been named locally as the 48-year-old man who died following the police operation in Telford.
Police were called to a home at around 1:30am this morning where a taser was used on Atkinson, who was pronounced dead at around 3am at suffering a cardiac arrest.
The former striker, who played for the likes of Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa and Manchester City, received 90 minutes of medical attention but no to avail.
West Mercia Police released the following statement: "West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford.
"Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
"West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries."
Atkinson will probably be best remembered by his time at Villa, where he scored 38 goals in 114 appearance - including the winner in the League Cup final victory over Manchester United.
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