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DA clears officer in death of man shocked by stun gun

DA clears officer in death of man...

READING, Pa. - Berks County's district attorney has released his findings in the investigation of a man who died after being shocked by a police stun gun in Reading.

The officer was justified in deploying his Taser during a struggle with Kenneth Johnson in the 700 block of Pear Street on April 12, according to District Attorney John Adams, who announced his findings during a news conference on Friday..

Johnson, 25, suffered cardiac arrest and died at the hospital, despite officers' efforts to save his life by performing CPR before paramedics arrived on the scene, officials said.

Likely contributing to his death, according to Coroner Dennis Hess, were Johnson having a slightly enlarged heart, suffering from hypertension, and being very excited during the incident.

RPD officers were initially dispatched to the scene for the report of a man physically assaulting his girlfriend. Johnson failed to comply with the officers' commands and verbally threatened them while resisting arrest, despite being warned that he would be shocked by the Taser, Adams said.

The DA said he determined the officer's actions were a "reasonable act of self defense." He will not be charged with a criminal offense.

WFMZ's Amanda VanAllen will have more on this story in a live report on 69 News at 5:30.


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