Waterville man died of excited deliriumOctober 16, 2013 @ 6:41 pm (Updated: 10:15 pm - 10/16/13 )
WATERVILLE, Wash. (AP) - The cause of death for a Waterville, Wash., man who died in a struggle in July with Douglas County deputies has been determined as excited delirium.
County prosecutor and coroner Steve Clem says the determination was made last week by a contract forensic pathologist, Dr. Gina Fino.
Jason Nalls fought with deputies who had responded to a reported shooting. He also jumped into the empty driver's seat of a patrol car and dragged a deputy about two blocks before he was handcuffed. Then deputies noticed he had stopped breathing.
The Wenatchee World reports ( http://bit.ly/GRdNTT) Dr. Fino had also determined that excited delirium was the cause of death for a man who struggled with corrections officers in June in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
Excited delirium involves high heart and breathing rates during a period of stress.
Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com
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