December 01, 2005
Fla.: West Palm police cleared in death of man shot with taser
By Edward Sifuentes, Sun-Sentinal
Fla.-- West Palm Beach police officers are not responsible for the death of a man shot with a Taser in July, according to a State Attorney's Office report.
The man, Michael Leon Crutchfield, 40, of Riviera Beach, was acting erratically at the Palm Beach Assisted Living Facility, 534 Datura St. Sgt. Brian Kapper stunned Crutchfield three times trying to subdue him. The report said the cause of death was acute cocaine toxicity and police did not use the stun device improperly.
"It's never positive when we have to deal with a death," said Lt. Pat Maney, a department spokesman. "It's a sad thing, but we are pleased with the conclusion."
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