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Police say Taser not used in arrest of man who died


LORAIN — William Taylor Jr. was not stunned with a Taser by Lorain police officers responding to a West 17th Street home where he reportedly had crashed through a window and landed on a resident.

Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said Thursday that although one police officer had drawn a Taser during the incident, the officer never used the weapon, which is used to subdue suspects.

A woman who lived at the house told The Chronicle-Telegram on Sunday that she believed officers used a Taser on Taylor before he was handcuffed and taken from the home on a stretcher.

Taylor, 32, died a short time later at Mercy Regional Medical Center and his cause of death is being reviewed by Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans’ office.

Sivert said police are investigating Taylor’s death as well as that of 21-year-old Catalina Ortiz, whose body was found inside Taylor’s Washington Street home.

Evans has said preliminary findings indicate that Ortiz was shot in the leg with a pistol and in the head with a shotgun. A pistol and a shotgun were found inside Taylor’s home.

Police have said Taylor and Ortiz knew each other but have declined to discuss the nature of their relationship. They also have said both incidents appear to be connected.

Sivert said he couldn’t release additional details Thursday.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or

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