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Man's death after TASER strike under investigation

The Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy

By Chad Smith
The Gainesville Sun

A 29-year-old man died in police custody Monday morning after he was shot twice with Taser stun guns during an altercation with deputies and staff at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, police said.

Nehemiah Lazar Dillard went into cardiac arrest and died either en route to a hospital or shortly after arriving, Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Todd Kelly said.

Kelly said it was not immediately clear whether Dillard died as a direct result of being subdued with the Taser.

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