Official says stun gun did not cause man's death

AP News
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 12:01 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A deputy coroner says the Kentucky medical examiner's office has ruled that a man whom police hit with a stun gun died from a condition brought on by drugs and a pre-existing heart problem.

The medical examiner's report said that 52-year-old Michael Roll died March 12 after suffering a heart attack.

Warren County Deputy Coroner David Goins told the (Bowling Green) Daily News ( ) on Wednesday that "Tasering had nothing to do with causing his death."

State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said previously that two state police troopers and a sheriff's deputy found Roll's vehicle overturned. He said Roll appeared intoxicated and became combative with officers, who shot him with a stun gun, rendering him unconscious.

Eaton said both Roll and the officers involved were white.

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Goins said the report indicates that Roll's blood had a high level of cocaine in it and his urine tested positive for methamphetamine. He said Roll's intoxication likely caused the crash.

"This poor guy was even smoking a pipe with something in it after the accident," Goins said. "We're just lucky no one else was hurt."