Police: Taser did not contribute to Big Island man’s death

Photo of Randall Hatori provided by the Hatori family
Photo of Randall Hatori provided by the Hatori family

Hawaii Island police say a Taser used by police on 39-year-old Randall Hatori did not play a role in Hatori’s death.

On February 4, a Kona patrol officer was trying to apprehend Hatori and shocked him during a struggle. After he was handcuffed, police say Hatori became unresponsive and died a short time later.

Detectives recovered 7.3 grams of methamphetamine at the scene of the struggle.

The final results of Hatori’s autopsy concluded that the cause of death was cardio-respiratory arrest due to the combined effects of high levels of methamphetamine in his blood, an enlarged heart and a physical struggle.

According to Dr. Lindsey Harle, the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy, the stress of these three factors likely caused a cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, that led to his death.

Dr. Harle said the autopsy showed minor injuries on Hatori’s body.

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