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|March 9, 2014|
Six Taser deaths in two years
INLAND EMPIRE – The Taser-related death of a motorist after a roadside encounter with a sheriff’s deputy was the area’s sixth in the past two years.
The officer deployed his ‘stun gun’ when Allen Kephart, 43, of Crest Park became combative during a traffic stop Tuesday.
After five local men died in 2009 under similar circumstances, Taser International issued an advisory to law enforcement agencies. It stated that aiming the device at a suspect’s chest presents the remote chance of an ‘adverse cardiac arrest’.
It was the first time that such a risk was related to ‘stun guns’.
None of the officers involved in any of the incidents faced criminal charges.
Previous Taser deaths involving police:
10-16-09: a 19-year-old San Bernardino man at a half-way house
9-9-09: a 52-year-old Moreno Valley man who’d been banging on doors in his neighborhood
7-26-09: a 41-year-old San Bernardino man under the influence of methamphetamines
6-29-09: a 37-year-old Fontana man suffering a methamphetamine overdose
3-15-09: a 23-year-old San Bernardino man in a physical confrontation with police (INT)
Story Date: May 15, 2011