Va. Man's Stun Gun Death Ruled Accidental

Hampton police say the death of a man who was shot twice with a stun gun by officers after he repeatedly swung a samurai-style sword at them was an accident.

(AP / CBS)

May 6, 2010

Hampton police say the death of a man who was shot twice with a stun gun by officers after he repeatedly swung a samurai-style sword at them was an accident.

Authorities say the death of 36-year-old Hatchel Pate Adams III was ruled accidental by the Medical Examiners Office. The findings indicate that the cause of death was "excited delirium" in addition to mental illness, methamphetamine use, obesity and the use of the stun gun by police.

Officers had gone to the man's home in December to serve an emergency custody order to take him for a mental evaluation. Adams swung the sword at the officers and they shot him with a stun gun twice. He then stopped breathing and the officers began CPR and called medics.

The officers were placed on administrative leave, but have since returned to full duty.


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