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Thursday, August 19, 2010

#500 - California man dies

August 18, 2010
The Associated Press

DUBLIN, Calif.—A 50-year-old Oakland man being held in Santa Rita Jail has died after being shocked twice by a Taser during a fight with deputies. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson says Martin Harrison died in a hospital about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Harrison had been hospitalized since Monday night after the fight in the jail's minimum security area. Nelson says Harrison was shocked by a Taser by one deputy, then shocked a second time when he charged the deputy and other deputies came to help out. The two deputies who deployed their Tasers have been put on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. An autopsy was planned to determine the exact cause of death.
Nelson says Harrison had been in custody since Aug. 13 after being arrested on a warrant for driving under the influence.

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