St. Mary

Jun 18, 2012 6:58 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Coroner rules cocaine intoxication after Baldwin man tasered

The Baldwin man who died following a police tasering died from "cocaine intoxication," according to St. Mary Parish Coroner F.H. "Chip" Metz M.D. In May, Baldwin police arrested Damon Abraham, 33, and he was tasered after police say he ran from them.

The coroner says the cause of death was excited delirium, which Wikipedia describes as a condition that "manifests as a combination of delirium, psychomotor agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength." According to the online encyclopedia, exited delirium is "sometimes associated with the use of physical control measures, including police restraint and tasers and most commonly happens to males with a history of serious mental illness and/or acute or chronic drug abuse, particularly stimulant drugs such as cocaine."


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