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

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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