Everett: Snohomish County Jail Guards Tase Shoplifting Suspect to Death

SeattlePI. Sept 15:

Man dies after getting Tased in jail

EVERETT, Wash. — A 60-year-old man who had just been arrested was found dead inside the Snohomish County Jail Friday night.

Everett officers were called to a gas station in the 3500 block of Broadway for a report of a man shoplifting. When they arrived, they arrested a 60-year-old man for investigation of theft and took him to the Snohomish County Jail for processing.

But Aaron Snell with Everett Police said the man became combative and wouldn’t follow jail staff’s commands, so staff used a Taser on the man and then placed in an isolation cell.

During a check on the man, staff noted he was have a medical event and began performing CPR as medics were called, Snell said But the man was later pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

Snell says the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on the man early next week to determine the cause of death.

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