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September 15, 2010
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Heart problem killed SC man, not TASER

Died from cardiac arrhythmia caused by an enlarged heart, compounded by the physical exertion of the altercation

As part of an involuntary commitment, police officers in Greenville (S.C.) went to the home in which 39-year-old Andrew Torres — who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — lived. Torres became violent and during the altercation the officers deployed a TASER to control him. He was subsequently taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy report showed the most likely cause of death to be fatal cardiac arrhythmia, due to cardiomegaly.

WYFF 4

GREENVILLE, SC — An autopsy report released Tuesday said a man who police shocked with Tasers died from cardiac arrhythmia caused by an enlarged heart and that the physical exertion of the altercation with officers may have contributed to his death.

Last month, Andrew Torres' family had called police to help escort him to the hospital for mental health treatment. According to family, Torres, 39, suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Greenville police officers went to the family's home on Augusta Street as part of an involuntary commitment.

Read more on WYFF4.com.

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