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Probe continues in Ballston Spa man’s Taser death

Probe continues in Ballston Spa man’s Taser death

Law enforcement authorities on Monday continued investigating the Saturday night death of a man who
Probe continues in Ballston Spa man’s Taser death
Daniel Satre, who died after being Tased multiple times by police in Ballston Spa, Sept. 21, 2014, is pictured.

Law enforcement authorities on Monday continued investigating the Saturday night death of a man who was hit with multiple Taser shocks while fighting with police in Ballston Spa.

Daniel C. Satre, 43, of 130 Saratoga Ave., fought with six officers from three police agencies after they responded to a report of a disorderly man in the street outside his home, village police said.

Acting Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said she is awaiting the results of the police investigations before deciding on a course of action. She was briefed on the investigations Monday.

Her options could include submitting the case to a grand jury to determine whether the officers’ actions were justified.

“The police are continuing to conduct interviews and gather information concerning Saturday’s incident, and our office awaits the conclusion of their investigation,” Heggen said. “The police have been working diligently.”

Both a Ballston Spa police officer and a state trooper hit Satre with Taser shocks during the struggle, a total of four times. “The subject was Tasered prior to being taken into custody and continued to be combative towards officers,” police said in a statement.

Four police officers received medical treatment afterward; some suffered bite wounds, others had been kicked. One Ballston Spa officer was also struck by a Taser shock and taken to the hospital. All the injuries to police were considered minor.

Ballston Spa police said they received the initial call at 10:48 p.m. Saturday from a motorist whose way had been obstructed by a screaming man on Saratoga Avenue, a narrow street that runs parallel to Route 50 at the north end of the village.

“Responding patrols encountered the subject screaming and walking in front of vehicles in the center of Saratoga Avenue,” police said.

When the two officers tried to arrest Satre for disorderly conduct, they said he “became combative” and they radioed for assistance. Two Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies and two state troopers came to the scene, and all six were involved in the struggle that ensued, police said.

Following the Taser shocks, Satre was handcuffed and police said he became unresponsive. Officers attempted to perform CPR at the scene but could not revive him. Satre was pronounced dead at Saratoga Hospital at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, after being brought to the hospital by the Community Emergency Corps.

An autopsy to try to pinpoint cause of death and any evidence of alcohol or drugs in Satre’s system was being conducted Monday afternoon at Albany Medical Center. Heggen said results from the autopsy were not expected until later.

At a news conference Sunday, village Police Chief Charles Koenig said Satre was warned several times that officers were preparing to stun him.

State police internal affairs staff are investigating the incident, along with village police and the Sheriff’s Department. A state police forensics team was at the scene Sunday.

Police continue to try to determine what may have spurred Satre’s bizarre behavior.

He originally was from Vermont, previously had worked as a fishing guide and was a partner in a T-shirt printing business. His Facebook page described him as “self-employed.”

The small house on a quarter-acre lot had an American flag flying from the porch Monday, as well as a pro-Wal-Mart sign in the yard. Satre had lived there since 2008, according to county records.

On Monday, two bouquets of flowers had been left where Satre fell, about two doors down from his house. A neighbor walking her dog Monday afternoon described him as a “nice man” who had made T-shirts for her children’s school.

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