clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Olsen may have been lucky

Olsen could be lucky to be alive, if this story is correct.

Add another one to the list. The list, that is, of amped-up, angry jocks who have had ugly confrontations with cops and managed to escape Tasering incidents without having their hearts blow out of their chests.


These days, almost every time you read about a famous athlete getting Tasered, it turns out that some other, decidedly less-celebrated sucker in some other part of the country has been killed by a Taser that very week. This time, there were two to accompany Olsen.

First, 27-year-old Carlos Rodriguez was killed after a pair of sheriff's deputies in Norcross, Georgia, subdued him in an arrest. (It was the third time that someone had died by Taser in that county since 2003.)

Further west, in a much weirder case, police in Phoenix Tasered one 49-year-old Ronald Marquez after he was caught performing an amateur exorcism on his three-year-old granddaughter. Police burst into Marquez's home and caught him holding the girl in a headlock while her mother was standing nearby, naked, covered in blood, and carrying a "religious icon." Police naturally and logically ended up Tasering Marquez, though sometime after handcuffing him they were puzzled to discover that he was not breathing. Marquez later died in the hospital.

If a person is struck by lightning and the lightning has allayed, it is safe to touch to them and administer whatever help you can provide.  But it doesn't mean the effects from the strike won't continue on.

Being Tasered, may not be equivalent to a lightning strike but it apparently, according to this article, carries some of the same risk.

Uh, Scott, don't ever put yourself in this situation again.

If you click on the link above, the story spends most of the article railing on Olsen, which is probably understandable.