Spokane jail inmate who died had called for help

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 12:33 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The inmate who died Sunday in the Spokane County Jail has been identified as a man who had called 911 for help with a drug overdose because he was a diabetic and had ingested methamphetamine.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/WoD3m7 ) 33-year-old Christopher J. Parker was evaluated by fire department medics who didn't feet he needed to go to a hospital. Instead, they turned him over to police, and he was jailed on an outstanding arrest warrant.

In jail, Parker became uncooperative. Corrections deputies shocked him with a Taser and put him in a restraint chair where he stopped breathing.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the death.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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