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EMSA workers cleared in scuffle with patient who later died

First responders accused of choking, punching Jason Marshall; medical examiner finds no evidence to change manner of death to homicide.
by Tim Willert Published: November 7, 2012

Ambulance staff members accused of choking and punching a man they were treating at a bus stop did not contribute to his death, authorities said Tuesday.

Jason Marshall, 42, died Aug. 8, two days after fighting with fire department and Emergency Medical Services Authority workers checking on his medical condition, court records show.

Oklahoma City police launched an investigation after fire department officials told them about the incident. Investigators seized 448 pages of medical records from St. Anthony Hospital, where Marshall died, and 12 pages of medical records from EMSA.

“We interviewed everybody involved,” police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Tuesday.

Police concluded their investigation after the state medical examiner decided not to change Marshall's manner of death from natural.

“If anyone else would have contributed to the death, it would have been ruled a homicide,” said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner. “No evidence was found to change the manner.”

EMSA spokeswoman Lara O'Leary declined to comment except to confirm police had concluded their investigation.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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