Treon Johnson died in the custody of Hialeah, Fla. police four days ago, but the police department has yet state his exact cause of death.
Johnson's mother Angela Curry claims that a police detective told her the 27 year old was on a rooftop throwing coconuts at a dog that had bitten him last Thursday (video below).
“[The police detective] said they tasered him and transferred him to Hialeah Hospital. Then he went into cardiac arrest and they transferred him to North Shore,” Curry told the Miami Herald.
Curry claims Johnson died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, hours after being taken into police custody, but before she arrived.
“He passed last Thursday, a few hours after being detained,” Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby told the media on Monday.
Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velazquez told the Miami Herald that it was an “ongoing investigation,” but refused to say if Johnson had been shot or tased.
Local10.com reports that police said a 911 caller claimed that Johnson was in his backyard and beating his dog with a pipe. Johnson then allegedly jumped into another yard and beat another dog.
When police arrived in Miami Gardens. Fla., Johnson allegedly violently resisted arrest, so cops used pepper spray and a taser gun.
Johnson appears in the upcoming documentary film "Dawg Fight" about the underground backyard fighting world in Miami.