Coroner: man drowned while running from police

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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 2:36 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 14, 2014 2:36 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Taser, Jerrick, Lane, Abe, Gonzales, Police, Crime, stun gun

GONZALES- The Ascension Parish coroner said a man who died while running from police last week was not shocked by a stun gun, despite what the man's family told WBRZ News 2 after the incident.

Jerrick Lane, 25, dove into a canal and never resurfaced a week ago. Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call and said after Lane took off running, he jumped into the waterway and appeared to have trouble swimming.

Lane's mother said her son knew how to swim and suggested something else had happened.

"Ain't no way he could have drowned, the way they say he did, to me, more than drowning took place in that bayou," Sharon Lane said.

But, according to an autopsy, Lane drowned.

"There was no indication of any injury caused by law enforcement," Dr. John Fraiche's office said Monday.

Police said when they arrived on the scene of the disturbance call on Abe Street, Lane also had a gun.

When Lane became distressed in the water, an officer tried to rescue him but was not able to and Lane went under. The fire department was called to assist and eventually Lane's body was found.
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