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Suit is filed in stun gun death

Lin is a Times staff writer.

The wife of a man who died last year after being shocked with a stun gun during a confrontation with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies is suing the county and the weapon’s manufacturer.

In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Carolina Silva accuses the county and Taser International Inc. of the wrongful death of her husband, Cesar. She alleges that deputies “went far beyond any reasonable force necessary to detain or arrest” her husband, and that Taser failed to warn of the gun’s lethal potential.

Cesar Silva, 32, reportedly fought with deputies before he was shot with the Taser in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles in November 2007.

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joanna.lin@latimes.com


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