Nathan Vaughn was known to police—he had been arrested on several occasions for drug possesion, being under the influence and burglary. But no matter what crime was committed, it cannot justify being Tasered more than once.
Vaughn was shocked three times before a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy was able to handcuff him—shortly afterward Vaughn showed signs of medical problems. It is possible that, just like Heston and Graff, he went into cardiac arrest: an ambulance crew treated him on the scene but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
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Because Vaughn's death happened while he was in custody of the sheriff's department, it is being handled by the Petaluma Police Department—another incident of the police policing themselves. How many Taser deaths will occur before the police realize that more than one Taser discharge can be lethal?
Tomorrow: an interview with Mr. Heston, whose son was killed by a Taser. The Heston family was the first to win a lawsuit against Taser International Inc.