2 deaths in less than 24 hours, and both men were shocked by Tasers

Less than 24 hours later, Washington state troopers and other local police chased Samuel Gonzales into an orchard north of Prosser. They spent four hours negotiating with the Grandview man, who was threatening to kill himself or force police to kill him.

Officers eventually got close enough to shock Gonzales. He became unresponsive after officers arrested him.

In both cases, officers tried to save the men, but their efforts failed, officials said.

Police know there are risks to using the electrically charged devices. Those risks are still much less than the lethal force of using a gun.


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