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The Today File

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November 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Snohomish County to pay $600,000 to family of man tased by sheriff’s deputy

The Associated Press

GOLD BAR, Snohohimsh County — Snohomish County has agreed to pay $600,000 to the family of a man who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2010 after he was shocked with an electric stun gun by a sheriff’s deputy.

The Everett Herald reported Saturday that 25-year-old Adam Colliers died outside a Gold Bar home after a brief encounter with two deputies who were responding to calls of someone shouting in the neighborhood. Colliers had been using drugs.

Colliers’ family had sued last year, alleging that deputies used excessive force. They also claimed the county failed to adequately train its deputies and ignored the known risks associated with using Tasers on people in certain conditions.

As part of the settlement the county didn’t admit any wrongdoing.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe declined to file criminal charges in 2011, saying Colliers’ death was a tragedy, but not a crime.

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