Man dies after biting officer, getting pepper sprayed


BRIGHTON, Mass. ( – Massachusetts State Police said a Connecticut man died after being pepper-sprayed by troopers this week.

Troopers said they saw the man, identified as 47-year-old Donald Moskites, walking on a ramp on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton Wednesday evening. After telling him to come off the ramp, troopers said Moskites became violent and attacked the officers, biting one of them in the arm.

DOT workers were able to help pull Moskites, who was described as a large man, off the troopers and subdue him.

State police said that at one point Moskites was pepper-sprayed and went into apparent cardiac arrest. He was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, where he was pronounced dead.

Windsor, Conn. police said they had multiple interactions with Moskites in the past.

The incident is under investigation. The names of the troopers were not released.