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Friday, August 28, 2009

Medical examiner rules young man's Taser death a homicide

Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr., 24, died in Fort Worth, Texas on April 18, 2009.

"The Tarrant County medical examiner ruled Thursday that the death of a mentally ill man in April who was shocked twice by a Taser stun gun wielded by a Fort Worth police officer was a homicide. According to Nizam Peerwani’s report, an officer shot Jacobs twice with the Taser, once for 49 seconds and another time for five seconds. An autopsy found no drugs, no system abnormalities and no electrolyte imbalances in Jacobs’ body, Peerwani wrote. Jacobs died of "sudden death during neuromuscular incapacitation due to application" of the Taser, Peerwani wrote.

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