Death of Victorville man tasered multiple times ruled accidental
The death of a 36-year-old Victorville man after he was stunned with a taser multiple times during his arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies was accidental, authorities said Wednesday.
The Riverside County coroner’s office said Dante Parker died due to acute PCP intoxication with a noted significant condition of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, heart conditions caused by high blood pressure.
It’s department policy for the Riverside County coroner’s office to conduct autopsies for in-house San Bernardino County investigations.
On Aug. 12, Parker was arrested shortly after sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about an attempted break-in about 5 p.m. in the 13000 block of Bucknell Court in Victorville.
When a deputy arrived, the person who called 911 identified Parker as he rode away from the house on a bicycle, authorities said.
The deputy tried to arrest Parker, but he became “uncooperative and combative,” the sheriff’s department said. A physical struggle ensued, during which the deputy stunned Parker with a taser multiple times.
Authorities said the deputy continued to struggle with Parker for several more minutes. When a second deputy arrived, the pair continued to try to control Parker for several minutes.
Eventually, Parker was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a patrol unit. Deputies noted that he appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.
It was then that deputies noticed Parker was sweating profusely and having difficulty breathing, prompting them to call for medical aid, authorities said. Parker was taken by ambulance to the Victor Valley Global Hospital, where he died while receiving treatment, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
For breaking news, follow @AdolfoFlores3.
Get breaking news, investigations, analysis and more signature journalism from the Los Angeles Times in your inbox.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.