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Montreal man shot with stun gun dies

A 26 February 2013 file photo of police demonstrating the use of a Taser
Image caption A stun gun such as the one shown in this file photo was used during the altercation

A Montreal man has died following a confrontation with police in which officers fired an electric stun gun at him, Canadian media report.

Donald Menard was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Monday night after the confrontation with police who were responding to a reported drug overdose.

Menard, 41, fought the officers, who used a stun gun to subdue him, police said.

Police said several officers were injured in the confrontation.

Menard was reported missing from the Philippe Pinel Institute - a detention centre for the criminally insane - on Sunday, according to the Montreal Gazette.

On Monday evening, Montreal police were called to some accommodation where a woman had fallen unconscious.

Menard struck a police officer in the face, reportedly breaking at least one tooth, say police.

CBC News reported that officers had responded with batons and pepper spray, eventually resorting to a Taser stun gun.

Menard initially refused to be transported to hospital but later lost consciousness.

He was taken to hospital and listed in a critical condition before being pronounced dead.

A woman believed to be involved in the matter was also treated for a drug overdose in hospital.

Quebec provincial police have opened an investigation into the matter.

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