Man dies after being Tasered by Burbank police; brother accused of threatening officers while armed

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A man in his 60s died after being Tasered by police outside a Burbank home Tuesday evening and his allegedly armed brother was arrested for allegedly threatening officers. (KABC)

A man in his 60s died after being Tasered by police outside a Burbank home Tuesday evening and his allegedly armed brother was arrested on suspicion of threatening officers.

A report of "criminal threats" at about 6:20 p.m. prompted officers to respond to an initial residence, the Burbank Police Department said in a statement. A female victim told the officers that her ex-father-in law had gone to her home and threatened her life, authorities said, which led officers to the 500 block of Mariposa Street.

When the officers arrived at a second location, the suspect in the criminal-threats investigation "attacked" them outside a residence and "a physical altercation took place," the news release said.

After one of the officers discharged his Taser and the man stopped resisting, according to police, another man appeared in a doorway and threatened the officers while armed with a handgun. The officers took cover and called for assistance.

"The man refused to exit the home and a barricade situation ensued for about 40 minutes, before he exited the home without further incident," the statement said. "Officers rescued the subject they'd subdued during the barricade so he could be treated by paramedics."

The Tasered man was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors said his name was Tom Binkley and that he lived on the property with his brother and their elderly mother, a cancer patient in hospice care.

Steve Leroy Binkley, who engaged in the standoff, was booked on one count of threatening a public officer and held on $25,000 bail, according to the police department. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

"They've kind of had a feud for a long time and I know that Tom has threatened Steve many times," neighbor Nancy Harrington said of the two siblings. "Basically he said that he was going to kill him once his mom passed away."

The incident was being investigated by Burbank police detectives and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
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