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Uncooperative inmate tased at Spokane County Jail, dies

By Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Feb 24 2013 12:21:19 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 12:33:22 AM CST
Inmate tased at Spokane County Jail, dies
SPOKANE, Wash. -

An inmate at the Spokane County Jail became uncooperative, was tased and then died early Sunday morning.

The incident all started in the 2100 block of West 4th Avenue shortly after 3 a.m.

"911 dispatchers received a call from an individual, an adult male, indicating that he thought someone was trying to harm him," Trooper Jeff Sevigney said.

WSP says the caller was incoherent. This prompted 911 dispatchers to send a Spokane police officer to the location to check on him.

"He had admitted to the officer that he had injected meth and he also indicated he was diabetic," Sevigney said.

The man had a warrant out for his arrest. After medics evaluated him, Spokane Police arrested the man but right after he was booked into jail, things quickly escalated and turned deadly.

"He become uncooperative, the jail staff had to use force including a taser deployment to gain control of the individual," Sevigney said.

Once deputies had control of the inmate, he was put in a restraint chair. Shortly after he lost consciousness.

Deputies and emergency medical staff immediately provided medical aid and CPR until medics arrived.

The inmate did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is investigating this incident.

The SIRR Team is comprised of members of the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department.

An autopsy on the man is scheduled for tomorrow.

Once his family is notified, his name will be released.

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