A state prisoner was rushed to a Richland hospital Monday when Benton County jail staff discovered he'd stopped breathing a short time after being shocked with a Taser.
The name and age of the inmate were not provided in a news release Monday evening from Sheriff Steve Keane.
The man has been in the Kennewick facility as a state Department of Corrections contract inmate.
His condition is not known, aside from Keane saying that the inmate was being treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center as of 6 p.m.
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The sheriff asked the regional Special Investigative Unit to conduct a thorough investigation, independent of his office's review of the event.
The SIU is a special team of detectives from law enforcement agencies in Benton and Franklin counties and was created almost two years ago to investigate officer-involved shootings or incidents resulting in death or serious injuries.
According to Keane, the inmate was being housed in a medical isolation cell, where corrections nurses could watch his condition, when he had "an unknown medical episode" at 11:28 a.m. Monday.
Nurses quickly called for medical help.
While two nurses and a corrections officer were trying to care for the inmate, he became combative with staff, "struggled with officers, bit them and was extremely assaultive," Keane said in his release.
The inmate was shocked with a Taser in an attempt to control him, but it reportedly had little to no effect on his combative behavior.
Corrections officers eventually got the man into a restraint chair, which is designed to limit his movement and avoid further assaults on nurses and other staff.
The man was then moved to an isolation cell for closer observation.
"After a short period of time, the inmate became unresponsive and emergency medical care was provided by on-duty medical staff," Keane said.
Kennewick firefighters and paramedics responded to the jail for a report of an inmate who'd stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to the Richland hospital.
Prosser home heavily damaged by fire
Prosser firefighters on Monday extinguished a fire at a small home behind 844 Main St. in Prosser.
The 700-square-foot, one-bedroom house was heavily damaged by a fire that apparently was caused by arcing electrical wires, said Chief Doug Merritt, with Benton Fire District 3.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
Bicyclist hit by pickup last week in Kennewick in serious condition
There's been no change since Friday in the condition of a Kennewick bicyclist who was hit and dragged under a truck last week.
Deborah Fox, 54, remains in serious condition in intensive care at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
Fox and her bike were dragged under a Ford F-150 for about 270 feet.
The truck's driver, Cayiah Ramble of Kennewick, was pulling out of a store's parking lot on Clearwater Avenue and turned right to go east. She reportedly was looking left and didn't see Fox, who was on her right.
The incident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.
2 Moses Lake men accused of stealing guns, ammunition
MOSES LAKE -- Two Moses Lake men are accused of stealing 13 guns and ammunition, along with other property, from a home last week.
Brandon DeLaughder, 31, and Shawn Lushenko, 23, were arrested 51/2 hours after the homeowner first reported the burglary.
At that time, the homeowner saw two suspicious people loading items into the bed of a pickup, which was hidden between haystacks across from the victim's home, said a Grant County Sheriff's Office news release.
Sheriff's deputies were called at 3:30 p.m. Thursday about a home burglary east of Moses Lake.
Deputies later got information that led them to a location where seven stolen guns were recovered, the news release said. Evidence there also reportedly linked DeLaughder to that site.
DeLaughder was booked in the Grant County jail on suspicion of eight counts of possession of stolen firearms and third-degree possession of stolen property.
Lushenko was booked on suspicion of one count of possession of a stolen gun and felon in possession of a gun.