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Tacoma man dies after being tased at Emerald Queen Casino

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm with 23 Comments »
July 5, 2012 5:04 pm

A man died  after being tased early this morning by Puyallup tribal police officers in a hotel room at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, tribal spokesman John Weymer said.

The security team at the casino was patrolling the building’s parking garage, from where they looked through a hotel room window and saw two men fighting about 1:30 a.m, Weymer said.

The security personnel then called tribal police, and two officers arrived and knocked on the hotel room door.

One of the men in the room then attacked the officers, who tried to subdue him and used a taser, Weymer said.

The man was then handcuffed and shortly thereafter stopped breathing. CPR was performed, and he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Weymer said the incident remains under investigation, and that the officers are on paid administrative leave, per policy.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Sampson Castellane, 29, of Tacoma.

Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. Nor should they! He made a knucklehead decision was properly dealt with. BTW, had NOTHING to do with the Taser.

  2. ginahopk says:

    bottom line, don’t attack a police officer.

  3. Amen….Gina!

  4. JillB1204 says:

    I wonder what else was in this mans system that contributed to his behavior and death. Did he have other things in his body that contributed to his behavior, or death? We need to look far beyond the he was “tased and died” mentality. Frequently drugs and/or alcohol contribute to the negative behavior. I’d love to see his toxicology screen after the coroners exam. Only then will we be able to see the “whole picture” as to what happened and why. I don’t believe in the use of tasers, but I’m not the one who was attacked, or the one who chose to attack the police. We bring a lot of problems on ourselves. Unfortunately we have to pay in ways we can’t imagine.

  5. Comput3rguy says:

    I wonder how much truth is to this story, the police are not above lying!

  6. Fibonacci says:

    You are slipping, you have not blamed this one on the public employees unions like you do in every other post you have.

  7. retired80 says:

    They may have to revisit the use of tasers. They are starting to kill too many people. They are on the verge of becoming deadly force.

  8. uthinkuknow says:

    Before you talk of Natives you should really know what your talking about. A little education never hurts anybody.

  9. LiberalPower says:

    Nothing more than a tragic accident. It could have happened anywhere, from a mall, to a train station, to the airport or even in the yard in front of your home; and to anyone, from a child to a full grown adult man. Electric current can stop the heart- it is a simple fact, and it is hard to say who will be more vulnerable. I don’t understand why we can’t just supe up the pepper spray into the pepper “uzi”. It is just as effective for subdueing a criminal. Sure it will hurt, but the pain goes away in an hour or two, no tragic accident, nobody dies.

  10. WTF1976 says:

    Whose to say that the tasering even caused tis mans death? Shouldnt attack the police, period. Also, I’ve heard of police using shooting someone in situations like this and this officer resorted in tasering RATHER then shooting the man. Maybe people should wait for autopsy results before they start assuming or jumping to conclusions.

  11. bobcat1a says:

    WTF1976. if jumping to conclusions were an Olympic sport, the US would win all three medals every time. You could find numerous medal contenders right here on the TNT comments pages.

  12. onetuffgrandma says:

    too much wampum and firewater

  13. wrsw1969 says:

    oogy boogy

  14. Actually they are required to donate so much money the only thing is majority of organization refuse to accept it because it’s “dirty money”

  15. o yea bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz shocking wasn’t it

  16. All over the world they’re having problems with tasers.

  17. IMDaffer says:

    JCM … you know this as a fact? And how would THAT be? Were you there as one of the officers involved, or as a first hand witness?

  18. If you were attacked, would you defend yourself? Of course you would! The PTP have too also. If the attacker was was a stable person at the time of the incident, he wouldn’t have attacked the officers in the first place. I think that when all the facts are in, you will see that there were other contributing factors to the mans death. Officers stay safe!!!!!

  19. Nicedad2000 says:

    Tasers effect skeletal muscles not heart muscle. Wait for the toxicology screen and autopsy and I’m confident we’ll see a reasonable explanation for this man’s death. Of course that reason wont be sensationalized into a TNT headline.

  20. emma98445 says:

    Actually Sam had mental problems. Also we have witnesses from the hotel that were 2 rooms down that was standing in the hall when this happened. They said the police knocked on the door, he opened it, they tased him. They said he didn’t say anything or try to approach them. These witnesses are in contact with the F.B.I. And there is no need to attack his race either. Mabie you shouldn’t believe everything you read. Also to the person who said the police are not above lying AMEN to that.

  21. HulkHogan253 says:

    @Emma I call bs on your comment. when their is a situation security and police wouldve made anyone get back in their room. As crappy as eqc officers are im pretty sure they know a thing called crowd control. i feel sorry for your loss but your brother, son, or whatever made a very poor choice that affected his and his families life.

  22. Irritated says:

    I’m pretty sure there is surveillance in the hall. The truth will come out.

    I hate it when something like this happens and it’s always someone who knows the guy talking about, “he was an amazing man. He was quietly in his room reading a bible while Skyping with his sick grandmother and making hot chocolate for his children whose mother recently died from a lifelong illness. He was going to crochet a blanket for Project Linus when the police mistakenly came in and tazed him to death.” PUHLEEZ

  23. Tasers and other high-voltage stun devices can cause cardiac arrhythmia in healthy and susceptible subjects, leading to heart attack or death in minutes by ventricular fibrillation, which leads to cardiac arrest and—if not treated immediately—to sudden death.

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