Coroner's report released on man who died in OPD custody

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 15:40:47-04

Zachary Bearheels, the Oklahoma man who died in police custody last month, suffered a "sudden death associated with excited delirium....physical struggle, physical restraint and a use of a taser," according to a coroner's physician's report. 

Bearheels was tased 12 times by Omaha Police at a Bucky's after refusing to leave and acting erratically. 

Douglas County Attorney Doug Kleine told the Omaha World-Herald the physician who performed Bearheels' autopsy told him that "associated with" does not mean "caused by." 

Bearheels' death lead to Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer recommending Scott Payne and Ryan McClarty, two of the four officers who were at the scene, be fired. 

Payne was the officer who used the taser on Bearheels and McClarty repeatedly punched Bearheels after he broke free from one handcuff and attempted to flee. 

Kleine has not yet decided whether or not he will charge the officer.