North Mankato police officers cleared in stun gun death

Published 9:50 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2018

NORTH MANKATO — An investigation has concluded that North Mankato police officers were justified in using stun guns on a man who later died.

Officers on Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man who had taken multiple prescription medications and was acting aggressively. Authorities said officers used stun guns to subdue 39-year-old Aaron Rasmussen when he ignored commands and advanced toward them.

Rasmussen died several days later. An autopsy listed the cause of death as complications from an irregular heartbeat.

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According to a press release, the Washington County Attorney’s Office reviewed the officers’ actions and deemed them appropriate and justified.