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  • Bipolar man dies in police custody

  • A Talent man with bipolar disorder died Wednesday night, shortly after being handcuffed by Jackson County Sheriff's deputies at a home in the 6800 block of Wagner Creek Road, police said.
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  • A Talent man with bipolar disorder died Wednesday night, shortly after being handcuffed by Jackson County Sheriff's deputies at a home in the 6800 block of Wagner Creek Road, police said.
    The Jackson County Sheriff's Department was called around 10:20 p.m. about 23-year-old Christopher Ladue's "unknown medical reaction," a news release said.
    Police said Ladue was in his parent's backyard, on his back, flailing his arms. Family members brought him into the house where he "mildly assaulted" his father, and broke a porch railing and flower pot before running off.
    He then ran to a neighbor's home and tried to get in, police said. Talent and Phoenix police found him and tried to make an arrest. Ladue did not cooperate, and each officer used a Taser with a dart pack to subdue him. The darts struck Ladue but had no effect, police said.
    He ran back into the road and confronted officers again, prompting a physical fight, the news release said. Officers again fired Taser darts at him with no effect. They also applied a Taser to him directly and used pepper spray unsuccessfully, police said.
    While held on the ground with the three officers on top of him, Ladue struggled and was getting up, police said. After a short struggle, officers overpowered and handcuffed him.
    Ladue's heart stopped shortly afterward. Nearby medical personnel, who had come to the initial call for help and had been standing, performed emergency CPR before transporting Ladue to Rogue Regional Medical Center in an ambulance. Ladue died an hour later, police said.
    "We're assuming it's medical at this point," said Capt. Monte Holloway of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. "There are too many variables and unknowns right now."
    Court records show Ladue has no prior criminal history in Jackson County.
    The case is under investigation by Major Assault Death Investigation Unit detectives. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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