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S.C. Coroner Rules TASER Not Cause of Suspect's Death

October 17, 2013  | 

The Associated Press is reporting that the Anderson County (S.C.) Coroner's Office found a man died from a heart condition, not a shock from a Taser, after a high-speed chase Sunday involving sheriff's deputies and the Highway Patrol.

Coroner Greg Shore said Brad Evans took amphetamines less than an hour before he died and that caused his heart's rhythm to become irregular during the chase. Shore said Evans, 31, had a history of heart problems and had heart surgery before the incident.

Sheriff John Skipper said deputies spotted a man driving erratically on state Highway 24 in Townville. Skipper says Evans refused to stop when officers flashed their lights and they began chasing him at speeds reaching 80 mph.

The sheriff says the chase ended around 12:15 p.m. on state Highway 81 in Starr when Evans' car hit a fence. Skipper says Evans ran from the crash scene and officers used a Taser when he resisted arrest.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death.


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