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.
- Police: Kona man tased during arrest – Feb. 5, 2014