39 Year Old Is Violent: Tasered by Police: Dies: Coroner Rules Wellbutrin Killed Him

Paragraphs two through five read:  "A review of the death of Nathan Vaughn, 39, who was shocked three times on Dec. 20, 2008 outside his parents' Larkfield home, concluded it was caused by toxicity brought on by abuse of prescription medication, according to a statement from District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua."

“The analysis of Mr. Vaughn's blood indicated an extremely high level of medication,” Passalacqua said. “His medical records indicate that he had been advised and counseled regarding the potentially fatal consequences of abuse of this particular medicine.”

"The drug was identified as buproprion [Wellbutrin] , an antidepressant."

Deputies were dispatched to the home after receiving reports Vaughn was assaulting his father. They arrived to find the father had been injured and that Vaughn was engaged in an unspecified struggle inside, prosecutors said.

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Sheriff's deputy cleared in Larkfield Taser death

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.

Sonoma County prosecutors Friday cleared a sheriff's deputy of wrongdoing in the Taser death of a Santa Rosa man more than a year ago.

A review of the death of Nathan Vaughn, 39, who was shocked three times on Dec. 20, 2008 outside his parents' Larkfield home, concluded it was caused by toxicity brought on by abuse of prescription medication, according to a statement from District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua.

“The analysis of Mr. Vaughn's blood indicated an extremely high level of medication,” Passalacqua said. “His medical records indicate that he had been advised and counseled regarding the potentially fatal consequences of abuse of this particular medicine.”

The drug was identified as buproprion, an antidepressant.

Deputies were dispatched to the home after receiving reports Vaughn was assaulting his father. They arrived to find the father had been injured and that Vaughn was engaged in an unspecified struggle inside, prosecutors said.

Vaughn refused to comply with orders to get on the ground and was shocked with the Taser. He had a seizure and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, prosecutors said.

Petaluma police conducted the investigation. Passalacqua said a complete report was not forwarded to the district attorney's office until Oct. 30, 2009.

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