Man in stun gun death on cocaine
VALLEJO, Calif.—Preliminary tests show a Vallejo man who died after being hit with stun guns by police was on cocaine, and authorities say the drug may have contributed to his death.
The Solano County Coroner's Office released the findings in the death of Michael White on Wednesday. They say the 47-year-old appears to have died from excited delirium syndrome, a condition in which the heart races wildly—often because of drug use or mental illness—before giving out.
A final report on White's death is pending.
Police say they hit White with several stun guns on Tuesday afternoon after he became violent and charged at them. White was suspected of an earlier attack on an elderly neighbor.
He was pronounced dead a short time later.
White's family says he was not a drug user and questioned the officers' use of stun guns.
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