March 28, 2008

Family Wants Answers In Taser Death
Posted: March 19, 2008 06:32 PM

The investigation continues into the death of man who died after being tasered by a state trooper. Police say Ryan Rich was involved in a series of crashes on I - 15 in January. When police pulled Rich over, police say Ryan became involved in a physical altercation with Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loren Lazoff. Trooper Lazoff tasered Ryan. Medics took Ryan to the hospital where died a short time later. The coroner has ruled Ryan's death a homicide. Ryan Rich's family talked exclusively to Action News. Action News reporter Ben Deci sat down with them. For Ryan Rich's family, there are still so many questions left unanswered. "We are supposed to die before our children do. So I do not know if there is going to be such thing as closure. It is an everyday thing my wife goes through. I doubt there has been a day since this happened that she has not shed some tears," said Randy Rich, Ryan's father. Exactly what did happen will be decided in a coroners inquest. Nevada Highway Patrol says trooper Loren Lazoff used his taser when Ryan Rich engaged him in an altercation. Rich had been involved in a number of small accidents, along I-15, eventually crashing along the median. According to the coroner, the cause of his death is a seizure disorder. The manner of his death is a homicide. Rich had reportedly been struggling with seizures prior to his accident and death. The thirty-three-year old was a doctor himself, in his third year of residency at Spring Valley hospital. Ryan had plans to move back to Idaho to practice medicine once his education was completed. Stay Tuned to Action News as we watch for developments in this investigation.

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