A 24 year old athlete, Nick Hanson, from Southern Oregon University died Sunday night, as the police and others are scratching their heads for the cause. The Jackson County Sheriff's office is "investigating" the case, which is termed and apparent suicide.
Ashland Police officers responded to a call from the victim's parents, who feared that their son may attempt to take his life.
When police arrived, the victim was apparently passed out on the floor of his apartment, and they broke down the door. At this time, according to the police, he became combative, begging the police to shoot him. They obliged, with tasers, and the victim supposedly "stopped struggling, but remained conscious." His condition "deteriorated badly enroute to the hospital, and staff were unable to revive him."
Predictably, the coroner says the taser had nothing to do with his death.
To be sure, the victim had ingested an unknown quantity of unisom, and as of this time, we don't know what else he may have taken on board. He did have a history of suicide attempts, according to his parents, who do not blame the police, but wonder why their son needed to be tasered. Me, too.
Hanson was a track and field athlete with near record scores in jumping events. He is dead, but the taser had nothing to do with it. Cops just tasered him as a matter of convenience, I guess.