facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

No charges in Taser death

Dec. 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM   |   Comments

COLLINGWOOD, Ontario, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Canadian authorities say no criminal charges will be filed against a police officer who killed a mentally ill man with a stun gun at a group home in June.

Aron Firman, 27, who suffered from schizophrenia, was shocked by an Ontario provincial police officer when he became combative after officers tried to arrest him, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday.

The medical examiner ruled Firman died of heart failure.

Ontario's Special Investigative Unit concluded that the use of the stun gun caused Firman's death but said there were "no reasonable grounds" to charge the officer who used the weapon.

"In these circumstances, and in light of Mr. Firman's demonstrated degree of aggression, I am of the opinion that the Taser's deployment was not excessive, notwithstanding the fact that it caused Mr. Firman's demise," SIU Director Ian Scott said.

Firman's is only the second case in Canada where a medical examiner has blamed an electrical stun gun for sparking heart failure.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
3
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
4
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback