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Man dies after deputies Taser him three times

By NICOLE HUTCHESON
Published May 6, 2007


SEMINOLE - The Pinellas Sheriff's Office was investigating the death of a 33-year-old man who died Saturday morning after being Tasered three times by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies.

Daniel Bradley Young struggled with police after deputies tried to remove him from the front yard of a house on 120th Street. Neighbors had called authorities after seeing Young acting suspicious.

Authorities said Young's cause of death would not be known until toxicology reports were returned.

"However, through various interviews conducted with associates of Mr. Young there are some indications of drug use, cocaine, in his history, " said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

It was just after 2 a.m. Saturday when police began receiving calls from neighbors complaining that Young was walking back and forth across Park Boulevard, speaking incoherently, shedding his clothing, picking up trash cans and leaving personal items in planters.

Deputies found Young in the front yard of the home and attempted to arrest him, according to reports. Young began to struggle with the more than five deputies who tried to subdue him.

During the scuffle, three of the deputies Tasered Young. Young became unresponsive. Paramedics had already been dispatched to the scene because of an earlier 911 hang-up call regarding Young.

The paramedics transported Young to Largo Medical Center, were he was pronounced dead at 3:13 a.m.

Young has a lengthy criminal history that includes several driving under the influence charges and armed robbery.

Nicole Hutcheson can be reached at nhutcheson@sptimes.com or 727 445-4162.