petruni Death of Washington Co. Man Stunned by Police Ruled Accident

A coroner’s jury has ruled that the death of a western Pennsylvania man days after police subdued him with a stun gun was accidental.

The Washington County jurors ruled the death of 49-year-old Ronald Petruney was accidental due to the November confrontation with police, along with a seizure disorder and an underlying heart condition.

Police in Washington, Pa., say they were trying to help Petruney when he had a seizure and wandered into traffic on Nov. 17.

They say he swung at one officer and bit another. Officers used a stun gun on him twice and he lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital, where he died four days later.

A forensic pathologist determined the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to a seizure disorder.

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