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No charges coming in death of man shocked by Taser

MOBERLY, Mo. | A Howard County prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed in the death of a suspected drunken driver killed after a police officer fired a Taser at him.

Prosecutor Mason Gebhardt says Moberly police officer J.J. Baird was justified in using a Taser to try to arrest 23-year-old Stanley Harlan of Moberly during a traffic stop in August.

Gebhardt says he reviewed reports and a video of the incident to determine Harlan was resisting arrest.

Baird made the stop, suspecting Harlan was driving drunk and placed him under arrest. Police say when Harlan resisted, the officer deployed his Taser twice to subdue him.

The first Taser shock lasted five seconds and the subsequent shock was only one second. Harlan became unresponsive soon thereafter.

Officers started CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Harlan was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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