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Inmate Dies in County Jail After Being Tased

Update: The 58-year-old man who was tased and later found dead in his county jail cell has been identified.

A 58-year-old county jail inmate was found dead in his holding cell Tuesday, a couple of hours after being tased by Contra Costa Sheriff's deputies for being uncooperative. He has been identified as Donald Ray McCullough of Oakland.

According to Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee, the inmate was brought to the jail from Pinole Tuesday morning after being arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and a probation violation. He was in the intake area of the jail around 12:30 p.m. when he became "physically combative." He was escorted to a holding cell, where he continued to be uncooperative, Lee said. A deputy then used his taser on the inmate, who was moved to a safety cell and checked by medical staff. 

When deputies checked on the man around 2:30, Lee said, he was found to be unresponsive. Medical personnel were called in and CPR was applied. He was taken to county hospital in Martinez, where he was pronounced dead. 

Lee said the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's office are investigating the incident. The jail was on lockdown all afternoon until about 7:15 p.m. The intake area, which was also closed, has been reopened. 

- Bay City News contributed to this report.

50 years here October 31, 2012 at 09:44 AM
The liberal use of tasers by police as a compliance device is the obvious outgrowth of military madness that has swept the country. Uncooperative should not equate to use of weaponry. Shame on any officer who uses one of these torture devices except as an alternate to deadly force. Further, you can not effectively enforce the law without the help from the citizenry, but I'll be damned if you'll get any from me! Next time you put out a "anyone with information" plea, think about how you've treated just about everyone besides fellow cops! You have created this hell on earth yourselves...................and you deserve the eventual outcome.

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