A security guard stopped Edwards and his wife on suspicion of shoplifting. The two men were fighting in the parking lot when the first officer arrived at the scene. The officer said he ordered Edwards to stop, but the man walked away, so the officer fired the Taser, shocking Edwards four times within a minute and 14 seconds. Police said they feared Edwards would reach for a gun that had fallen from his waistband onto the ground. A second police officer had to punch the 266-pound man twice before they could handcuff him, the report said. As he lay face down on the pavement, witnesses heard Edwards say he couldn’t breathe. When police officers rolled him over, he had a blue face, according to reports. Officers started CPR, but Edwards was pronounced dead at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital.

ID: 1334

Victms Name: Stephen L. Edwards
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Race:

City: Olympia
County: Thurston
State: WA
Zip Code: 98506
Country: United States of America

Agency: Olympia Police Department

Cause of Death: Tasered

Circumstances surrounding mental health: A security guard stopped Edwards and his wife on suspicion of shoplifting. The two men were fighting in the parking lot when the first officer arrived at the scene. The officer said he ordered Edwards to stop, but the man walked away, so the officer fired the Taser, shocking Edwards four times within a minute and 14 seconds. Police said they feared Edwards would reach for a gun that had fallen from his waistband onto the ground. A second police officer had to punch the 266-pound man twice before they could handcuff him, the report said. As he lay face down on the pavement, witnesses heard Edwards say he couldn’t breathe. When police officers rolled him over, he had a blue face, according to reports. Officers started CPR, but Edwards was pronounced dead at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital.

Symptoms of mental health: No

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