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(Neb)-Autopsy Report Out For Man Who Died After Multiple Stun Gun Hits

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/08/2017 11:56 PM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An autopsy report says an Oklahoma man who died last month while struggling Omaha police in an incident that saw him beaten and shocked a dozen times with a stun gun suffered "sudden death associated with excited delirium."

     The report also says the death of 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels was associated with physical struggle, restraint and use of a stun gun, but Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says it stops short of determining those actions caused Bearheels' death.

     Police said Bearheels, who has a history of mental illness, was acting erratically and fought officers' efforts to take him into custody on June 5. He died after being taken to a hospital.

     Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has recommended two officers, Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty, be fired for violating department policy in their treatment of Bearheels.


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