Family members on Wednesday mourned the loss of a father of five and a beloved newspaper pressman who died while in police custody after deputies used a Taser stun gun on him.
Dante Parker, 36, was suspected of trying to break into a home in the 13000 block of Bucknell Court in Victorville on Tuesday afternoon when he was shocked with a Taser by deputies during a struggle to take him into custody, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
"We do everything together, as a family," said his sister Youree Stewart. "He's a big part of our family. He's really going to be missed."
Sheriff's deputies found Parker riding a bicycle away from the residence and tried to stop him, but he appeared to be under the influence of unknown substances and became "uncooperative and combative," officials said.
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Parker allegedly fought with a female deputy and left bruises on her arms. The deputy used a Taser on Parker "multiple times" during a struggle, officials said.
A second deputy helped handcuff Parker and place him in the backseat of a patrol unit, when they saw that he was sweating and breathing heavily, authorities said.
Parker died at a hospital, two days before his 37th birthday.
Parker worked in the pressroom of the Victorville Daily Press.
"Dante was a good man, a family man who just wanted to provide the best he could for his wife and kids," said his boss, Harry Pontius, in a statement. "He'll be extremely missed."
He leaves behind a wife, four daughters and a son.
Family members said Parker was not a criminal and didn't deserve to die this way.
Stewart said he "minds his own business" and goes to work every day.
"He was a big, gentle guy," said his father Darrell Parker. "So I don't understand it. I'm at a loss for words. I miss him already."
The Riverside County Coroner's Office will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of Parker's death.