Cop Watch

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Coroner says Taser caused death in jail

Charlotte - A Taser caused the death of a Lancaster County, S.C., jail inmate who collapsed during a fight with four officers in July, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday.

Sheriff's Office Lt. Lee Blackmon said his office learned this week that the coroner ruled Maury Cunningham, 29, died as a result of being struck with a Taser at least twice during the July 23 altercation. A Taser is a device that delivers a 50,000-volt shock to cause temporary paralysis.