Tragic footballer Dalian Atkinson threatened to kill dad

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson threatened to kill his elderly father in a “manic state” before he was Tasered by police, his brother said.

The 48-year-old died an hour and a half after he was hit by the stun gun in the street where he grew up, in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, in the early hours of Monday.

Relatives say Mr Atkinson had a weak heart. He into cardiac arrest in an ambulance on his way to hospital.

The death is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the police watchdog that investigates all instances when a Taser is used.

Mr Atkinson’s brother, Kenroy, 53, told The Sun the ex-Premier League star had undergone dialysis for kidney failure and was “not in his right mind”.

He said his brother had attacked their 85-year-old father, Ernest, at his home on Monday.

“My brother had lost it,” he said.

“He was in a manic state and depressed — out of his mind and ranting. He had a tube in his shoulder for the dialysis and he had ripped it out and was covered in blood.

“He got Dad by the throat and said he was going to kill him. He told Dad he had already killed me, our brother Paul, and sister Elaine, and he had come for him. He was not in his right mind. We are all devastated. Our family is heartbroken.”

The shock delivered via a Taser’s barbed wire can be thousands of volts in strength and is intended to immobilise.

Mr Atkinson’s nephew, Fabian Atkinson, said: “He had some health issues that he was trying to get through and that’s why his heart was weak.

"When a Taser is deployed, as soon as a Taser is deployed, they need to automatically call an ambulance. How do they know the health of the guy or the girl that they are affecting?”

Mr Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting out at Ipswich Town, then playing for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa.

He scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for the Birmingham side, between 1991 and 1995, before playing less successfully for teams such as Turkish side Fenerbahce, and Manchester City. He ended his playing career in South Korea in 2001.

Mr Atkinson’s former team-mate, Carlton Palmer, said: “It can be difficult for players when they finish and I know Dalian found it difficult. When you finish as a footballer, all of a sudden, at 34 or 35, you have no routine and no structure to your life”.


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