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Deputy used chokehold on man

The man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym stopped breathing after being put into a chokehold, according to new details released Thursday. The deputy who used the hold, technically referred to as a lateral vascular neck restraint, did so only after 34-year-old William Berger kept struggling despite three shocks with a Taser, investigators said. During that struggle, Berger also reportedly grabbed a Taser and tried to use it on one of the deputies, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Tasered man stopped breathing after chokehold

New details released today indicate that the man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County Sheriff's deputies stopped breathing after one of the deputies put him in chokehold designed to restrict blood flow to the brain.

Officials identify Spokane jail inmate who died

A man who died in custody at the Spokane County Jail on Sunday was identified Monday as Christopher J. Parker, 33. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident under the region’s critical incident protocol.