Strong Arm of the Law — (New Times Broward-Palm Beach)

SSRI Ed note: Man who becomes psychotic on Prozac takes illegal drugs, behaves strangely, gets into altercation with police, is tasered and dies.

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Del’ Ostia, who friends say was mentally ill and taking the prescription drugs Prozac and Ativan, walked into the lobby of the Entrada Resort Motel and acted erratically, flailing his arms and trying to break the lobby’s windows.
In the 911 call, a motel worker at the front desk urged police to get to the Entrada immediately. ”We have a man on drugs, crazy,” the worker said.  “He is breaking down our door.” When police arrived, Rode said, they ordered the man to the ground and he refused to comply. ”He made moaning and groaning noises and never spoke English,” he said. “It sounded and looked like he was under the influence of PCP.” Officers attempted to subdue him with a TASER, but it was ineffective and he pulled the probes out of his chest. Several officers then wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him. Subsequent to the struggle, he had trouble breathing, and subsequently died.

A Broward County medical examiner said a police TASER gun was not responsible for a Hollywood man’s death.  The examiner said 31-year-old Vincent Del Ostia died from a cocaine overdose.