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Lafayette Sheriff’s Office, Mother Of Javon Rakestrau Agree To Settlement In Stun Gun Suit


LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) — The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has decided to settle with the mother of a Lafayette man who died shortly after being tased by a sheriff’s deputy in October 2010.

KATC TV-3 reports the mother of 28-year-old Javon Rakestrau and sheriff’s office have chosen to settle a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Authorities said Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputy Chris Guidry used a stun gun while trying to arrest Rakestrau in connection with a suspected drug sale.

A pathologist’s report indicated the ultimate cause of death was complications from bronchial asthma, though the report did state that stress from the altercation with Guidry may have contributed to Rakestrau’s death.

The sheriff’s office released the dash cam video from Guidry’s patrol car, which officials said proved he followed protocol.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but Judge Patrick Hannah gave both parties until August 10 to finalize the agreement, KATC reported.

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