DA, coroner: Ex-Pa. chief’s death was ‘natural’

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A coroner and prosecutor say a former suburban Pittsburgh police chief died of natural causes after he was arrested outside a casino last year.

Former Rankin police Chief Darryll Briston died Dec. 15 shortly after he was hit with a stun gun and handcuffed. State police say Briston punched a man who was with Briston’s ex-wife at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County.

Briston, who was 49, ran from police and shortly after he was handcuffed went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/14ih5tk ) says Coroner Tim Warco and District Attorney Eugene Vittone announced Thursday that the stun gun didn’t contribute to Briston’s death by natural causes.

Briston was fired as Rankin chief in 2004 after being indicted and eventually convicted of stealing $5,800 seized from a drug suspect.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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