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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:01 pm

Long wait for cause of death

Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette

Details likely won’t be known for weeks about why a Craigville man died hours after reportedly huffing aerosol dusting spray and being shocked with a Taser stun gun.

Authorities are waiting for toxicology results, which can take four to eight weeks, said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

ISP detectives are conducting the investigation at the request of the Wells County Sheriff Department.

Sheriff’s deputies and medics responded Sunday to find 34-year-old Jason Schmidt – who had allegedly been huffing the aerosol spray – incoherent with shallow, labored breathing, police said.

He became physically combative when deputies tried to take the aerosol can from him, police said. A deputy used his Taser, which was ineffective, so the other deputy deployed his Taser as well.

Schmidt was taken to Bluffton Regional Medical Center for medical clearance prior to incarceration and was pronounced dead, police said. 

asloboda@jg.net