Man dies after deputies stun him with Taser

Man dies after deputies stun him with Taser »Play Video
Adam Colliers
GOLD BAR, Wash. - A 25-year-old Sultan man died after deputies stunned him with a Taser during an incident early Saturday morning in Gold Bar.

The case is now under investigation by the Snohomish Multiple Agency Response Team. It is the second Taser death this week in the Puget Sound region and the fifth death caused by a violent encounter with police.

The latest drama unfolded at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when two Snohomish County sheriff's deputies were sent to the 500 block of 1st Avenue West in the Gold Bar to check out a report of a disturbance.

The 911 dispatch center had received calls about a man, later identified as Adam Colliers, 25, of Sultan, running up and down the street yelling and disturbing residents.

When the deputies arrived they were immediately confronted by Colliers, who charged the deputies and fought with them to the ground, said Sgt. Robert Goetz of the Everett police.

One of the deputies stunned Colliers with his Taser. The man stopped struggling, and then deputies discovered he was not breathing.

The deputies immediately started CPR and called for aid. When medics arrived they continued CPR and transported Colliers to Valley General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Residents said Colliers was well-known in the neighborhood. He frequently stayed over the weekends at a home in Gold Bar where he cared for a quadruplegic man.

Sharon Williams, the sister of the quadruplegic man, says Colliers had gone to bed but then began acting strangely.

"He started rambling on about different stuff, and it just kind of got worse. Next thing you know, he's in and out of the house, and he was yelling," Williams says.

But she and other neighbors wonder why it was necessary for the deputies to use a Taser on Colliers, a small man who weighed only about 120 pounds.

"They're trained to take people down. Why not that first? The guy didn't have a weapon," Williams says.

Another local resident said Colliers had been taking drugs for the past few years, but had never acted out before. They say he liked to sing and play guitar.

Investigators are now interviewing witnesses in an effort to determine what may have caused the man to take the confrontational actions he did when the deputies arrived.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Officer will determine the cause of death.

Both deputies involved have been place on paid administrative leave, in accordance with normal procedure in these types of incidents.

One deputy is 29 years old, with three years experience with the Sheriff's Office. The other is 26, with three years experience with the Sheriff's Office and one year with the King County Sheriff's Office.

The incident was the second Taser death this week in the Puget Sound region.

In the previous incident, on Tuesday, Pierce County sheriff's deputies deployed their Tasers on a man who was resisting arrest after breaking into a Spanaway apartment.

Also, four other people have been shot this week during violent encounters with police, and three of them died.

Late Friday night, Seattle police wounded an armed man in West Seattle, while Tacoma police fatally shot a man with a knife earlier in the day. Another man was shot dead by police Tuesday in Federal Way and a woodcarver was shot dead by an officer Monday in Seattle.