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As predicted, the taser response

An email from the PR guy at taser. I get a couple of these a month. Never thought one of these would be about someone I once knew...

I thought you would be interested in this news from a newspaper source
in Oregon. If you wish to be taken off this list, please let me know.
Exec Summary: Timothy Grant of Medford, OR man who died shortly after
being exposed to a TASER X26 by Portland police earlier this week died
of a drug overdose. The Oregon State Medical Examiner said Friday, "I
have come to the conclusion that Grant died of a cocaine overdose with
excited delirium and TASER application was not a cause of his death,"
said Oregon State Medical Examiner Karen Gunson. "Would he have died
without the TASER? Yes, in my opinion."

Source: KGW Northwest Channel 8, Portland, OR


Man TASERed by PDX police died of drug overdose
01:19 PM PST on Friday, March 24, 2006
By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, kgw.com Staff

The Medford man who died shortly after being shocked with a TASER gun
by Portland police earlier this week died of a drug overdose, The Oregon
State Medical Examiner said Friday.

"I have come to the conclusion that [Timothy] Grant died of a cocaine
overdose with excited delirium and TASER application was not a cause of
his death," said Oregon State Medical Examiner Karen Gunson. "Would he
have died without the TASER? Yes, in my opinion."

During a news conference Friday morning, Gunson explained that Grant,
who had been running in and out of traffic on busy NE Sandy Boulevard on
Monday before his confrontation with police, had a high level of
cocaine in his system, according to toxicology tests.
Excited delirium is an agitated state usually accompanied by high
temperature. Grant had a temperature of 104 degrees, Gunson said.

Gunson performed the autopsy on 46-year-old Grant on Tuesday and
determined he did not die of lethal injury or natural disease.
If his death had been TASER-related, he wouldn't have been conscious
and talking after police used the TASER gun on him, Gunson said. Grant
would have died almost instantaneously, according to the medical
examiner.

She also said it appeared Grant had ingested cocaine about a half hour
prior to his run-in with officers.



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