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June 20, 2012

Coroner: Excited delirium killed TASERed man

The coroner's report cited cocaine intoxication as a cause of death

By PoliceOne Staff

BALDWIN, La. — A Baldwin man who police TASERed during an arrest died from excited delirium brought on by drug use, a coroner determined.

Officers used a TASER to subdue Damon Abraham, 33, when he fled from police while handcuffed in May, KATC reported.

Usually excited delirium symptoms are under way when officers arrive, but sometimes a subject seems calm and then suddenly explodes into ED. However the onset occurs, the condition is always high-risk.

The coroner's report cited "cocaine intoxication” as a cause of death.

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