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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Ends in Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Cardall who died in 2009 after a Hurricane City police officer shocked him with a taser.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the parties entered into a “mutual general settlement agreement and release of all claims” in the suit over the death of Cardall, a Utah native who was at the time a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The statement said, “The ultimate outcome in this case would have required a jury to consider many facts, a number of which are in dispute.”

The family contends police used excessive force on the 32-year-old Cardall, who was running naked along a highway just outside hurricane in June 2009.

Cardall, who suffered from bipolar disorder, and his wife had pulled their vehicle to the side of the road so he could take his medication upon the onset of an apparent bipolar episode.  
Police from hurricane arrived and twice tasered the incoherent and uncooperative Cardall.  He suffered cardiac arrest at the scene.