Analysis of death cases involved in TASER in the State of Maryland

Mary G. Ripple, Xiang Zhang, Yi Wen Shen, David Fowler, Ling Li

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Abstract

Objective To evaluate the features of autopsy cases involved in electronic weapon (TASER) in the State of Maryland, and to discuss the appraisable points. Methods Thirteen autopsy cases involving TASER were collected from 2004 to 2011 in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland. All the cases include detailed scene investigations, complete autopsy, toxicological analysis and histopathological examination. Statistical analysis were conducted including general information of victim, type of TASER, type of contact, toxicological results, manner and cause of death. Results Majority of victims were male with an acute onset of agitated and delusional behavior. Drugs were often involved. Deaths were attributed to multiple factors. Conclusion Most of cases involved in TASER resulted from multiple fatal factors. Further researches are needed for the principal mechanism. Thorough scene investigation and complete autopsy examination play crucial role in evaluation of such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalFa yi xue za zhi
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Cases analysis
  • Forensic pathology
  • TASER gun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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