PUBLISHED: 14:13 EST, 3 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:22 EST, 3 July 2012
A father has died after he was Tasered by police while trying to protect his two sons at a basketball game brawl – as four of his children looked on.
Corey McGinnis, 35, was playing basketball with a group of men and his sons, aged 15 and 16, at Crutchfield Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Family members said a fight broke out after the other team lost yet refused to pay the bet they had placed before the game.
Tragic: Corey McGinnis was Tasered by police after a fight broke out at a basketball game in Cincinnati. He never regained consciousness and later died
In the chaos, shots were fired and when police arrived on the scene, they Tasered three men, including McGinnis, to control the crowd.
The man, who has nine children and was an aspiring football coach, collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
He never regained consciousness and his mother decided to turn off his life support after five days, McGinnis’s niece told Cincinnati.com.
Lisa McGinnis spoke of the hurt and confusion by the sudden death.
Anger: His niece, Lisa McGinnis, said he was trying to protect his two teenage sons when he was Tasered
‘He was a father fighting to protect his children,’ she said. ‘He did not go looking for trouble. We want some answers.’
It will be weeks before the Hamilton County Coroner makes an official ruling on the cause of death.
But his family members noted that the 35-year-old exercised regularly and was in good health and hold the Taser shock to blame.
Studies have suggested Tasers can provoke cardiac arrest. An 18-year-old student, Everette Howard Jr., died after he was Tasered last year at the University of Cincinnati.
Survivor: His nephew Rashawn Whitehead was also Tasered
‘We need to bring some kind of attention to these Tasings because Corey is not the first person to die after being Tased and he won’t be the last unless we do something,’ Lisa McGinnis said.
‘It’s supposed to be a safer alternative, but it’s been shown time and time again that people are dying after being Tased.’
In a report, officers said they had attempted to take three men into custody at the fight. After they refused to comply, they were Tasered, they said.
Scene: The fight broke out at Crutchfield Park after the losing team refused to pay the bet they had agreed on before the game
‘Deadly’: McGinnis’s family said the Taser shock was to blame for his death
Lisa McGinnis said one of the men was McGinnis’s nephew, 21-year-old Rayshawn Whitehead.
She added that although McGinnis had dropped out of high school and went on to face drug-related charges, he was working hard to be a good example to his children.
He planned on earning his general equivalency diploma and becoming a football coach, his niece said.