MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana officials are reviewing the actions of Missoula police after a 73-year-old man was hospitalized for a coma after his arrest in May.

The Missoulian reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2rxTsv2) the Montana Department of Justice is conducting a use-of-force review of the arrest of James Smith.

Police say Smith attacked officers when they went to his house to check on reports that someone was shining a flashlight in drivers’ eyes. He was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer.

His daughter, Stephanie Smith, says he suffered a skull fracture, a concussion and other injuries.

After medical treatment he was involuntarily committed to the Montana State Hospital. He was later released to his daughter.

Stephanie Smith says her father was sometimes confused or disoriented before the incident and those symptoms have worsened since then.


Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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