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Drugs Caused Death Of Tasered Dallas Man

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A sales person demonstates a Taser gun at the Nations Gunshow on November 21, 2009 in Chantilly, Virginia. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A sales person demonstates a Taser gun at the Nations Gunshow on November 21, 2009 in Chantilly, Virginia. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) – A coroner says toxic levels of cocaine, PCP and Ecstasy caused the accidental death of a robbery suspect after Dallas police shocked him with a Taser.

The report from the Dallas County medical examiner’s office involves the Sept. 12 death of 30-year-old Freddie Lee Lockett.

The Dallas Morning News, for its Wednesday editions, reported a Taser was used on Lockett at least six time in an attempt to subdue the fleeing suspect while he acted erratically.

Officers handcuffed Lockett, then took him to an ambulance. The medical examiner’s report says Lockett went into respiratory arrest about 21 minutes after the last use of the Taser.

Lockett had previous convictions for drug manufacturing and delivery.

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