Former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson died in hospital, after being earlier fired with a taser by police officers on Monday morning.
The ex-soccer star was named locally as the 48-year-old who died following the police operation in Telford.
Atkinson is an English former footballer who played as a striker in the Football League and Premier League for Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Manchester City,
According to the Mirror, officers from West Mercia Police raced to the scene after receiving reports that people were concerned for the safety of a person in Telford.
Officers were called at around 1.30am this morning to a home in the area. As they arrived, a Taser was used and the man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
The man apparently died around 90 minutes after receiving medical treatment.
Last year the authorities use of Tasers, which are intended as a non-lethal weapon, went up slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales, a 2% rise on the previous year. However, of those, 19% (1,921) were discharges – a decrease of 3% from the previous year.
The force said in a statement: ‘Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
“West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure and will assist the IPCC with their enquiries.”