HCSO investigating prisoner death after use of Taser

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Posted 10/13/21

Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators with the Office of Inspector General and Homicide Division are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who was transported to the Harris County …

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HCSO investigating prisoner death after use of Taser

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Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators with the Office of Inspector General and Homicide Division are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who was transported to the Harris County Sheriff's Office Joint Processing Center by HCSO deputies for open municipal warrants and additional follow-up work related to a DWI investigation.

On Sunday, Oct. 10 at around 4:35 a.m., deputies were investigating a single-vehicle crash at the 15400 block of Kuykendahl Road northeast of Katy.

According to deputies, the male involved in the crash became combative, and they utilized their taser to drive stun the man.

According to My Axon, a Taser instruction company, drive stunning occurs when a Taser is used in close quarters using the contacts on the end of the device to stun an individual.

EMS was summoned to the location and medically cleared the suspect, finding that he presented no signs of medical distress or condition. He was subsequently transported to the Harris County Joint Processing Center.

Upon arrival at the processing center at around 5:45 a.m., the prisoner became unresponsive and received CPR. The Houston Fire Department responded at 6:20 a.m. and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 7:28 a.m.

A complete and thorough investigation will be conducted surrounding the man's death by the HCSO Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Division, a statement from HCSO said.

All evidence and reports will be delivered to the Harris County District Attorney's Office for review. In accordance with state law and policy, the Texas Attorney General's Office will be notified of the investigation as well. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the cause of death.