Andre Larone Murphy Sr. (left) with his daughter, Aryanna, 8, and son, A.J. Murphy, 21.

The person who died Wednesday morning after a scuffle with Norfolk police has been identified as Andre Larone Murphy Sr. of Seward.

Murphy was 42, Madison County Attorney Joe Smith said in a news release Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Smith said a police officer had tried to use a Taser on Murphy and that an officer was slightly injured in the early morning altercation.

Norfolk police got a series of 911 calls just before 7 a.m. about a disturbance at a Super 8 motel, Smith said Wednesday.

Murphy was taken into custody, driven to Faith Regional Health Services and pronounced dead just after 8 a.m., Smith said.

Nebraska law requires a grand jury to investigate anytime someone dies in custody.

An autopsy was set for Thursday morning. The Nebraska State Patrol will investigate.

Murphy, whose Facebook page lists his hometown as Topeka, Kansas, also had lived in Lincoln. He had been convicted of numerous misdemeanor charges in Lancaster, Otoe, Seward and Nance counties, according to court records.

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