Cardiac & Resuscitation, News

Documents Offer More Details about April Death of Man Shot with Taser

FORT WORTH, Texas — A defibrillator used by MedStar paramedics shortly after a Fort Worth police officer shot a mentally ill man with a Taser in April apparently did not work, a paramedic reported, according to documents obtained by the Star-Telegram.

But a MedStar official said this week that the machine was operational. Its monitor gave no readings, he said, because the man s heart had stopped and because cellphone and radio transmissions at the scene could have interfered.

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