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Originally published Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM

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Sultan man dies after stun-gun jolt in scuffle with sheriff deputies

A 25-year-old man from Sultan died early Saturday morning after being jolted with a stun gun during a scuffle with Snohomish County sheriff deputies.

Seattle Times staff reporter

A 25-year-old man from Sultan died early Saturday morning after being shocked with a stun gun during a scuffle with Snohomish County sheriff's deputies.

Two deputies responded at about 1:30 a.m. to 911 calls reporting that a man was running and yelling through residential streets in Gold Bar, east of Monroe on Highway 2, according to Sgt. Robert Goetz with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

When the deputies arrived, the man charged them and began wrestling with them, Goetz said. One deputy pulled out his stun gun and shocked the man, who stopped breathing. The deputies started CPR, but the man was pronounced dead after being taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.

Goetz said investigators were talking with people who knew the man, to determine why he was agitated. His name will be released after an autopsy and toxicology tests by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

Goetz said that linking the man's death to the use of a stun gun is premature until the autopsy and further testing are complete.

This is the second incident this past week in which a person died after law-enforcement used a stun gun on a suspect.

Last Tuesday, a 27 year-old man named King Ramses PJG Hoover died after Pierce County sheriff's deputies used a stun gun on him while investigating a report that he'd broken windows in an apartment and refused to leave.

An autopsy by the Pierce County Medical Examiner was inconclusive about what led to Hoover's death, but further tests are pending.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.

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