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Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:01 a.m.

Sultan man’s death ruled accidental after police Tasering

GOLD BAR — A Sultan man who collapsed during Sept. 4 struggle with deputies ultimately died of cardiopulmonary arrest, officials said Wednesday.
Adam Colliers, 25, reportedly stopped breathing after he was shocked with a Taser stun gun.
At the time of his death, Colliers had acute methamphetamine intoxication and likely had excited delirium as well, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death was ruled an accident.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to Gold Bar that night after two people called 911 to report a man running up and down First Avenue W. The man was reportedly yelling and causing a disturbance.
Sheriff’s Deputy Ian Whipple arrived first, according to court records. Deputy Bryson McGee told investigators that when he arrived he saw Whipple wrestling with Colliers on the ground. McGee fired his Taser, which made contact with Colliers’ body, according to the search warrant. McGee said Colliers became unresponsive, and he and Whipple started CPR.
Colliers was taken to a hospital in Monroe but could not be revived.
Colliers’ death remains under investigation by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team.
Story tags » Gold BarCrimePolice

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