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Prosecutors decline to file charges in deadly Taser incident

Allen John KephartThe San Bernardino County district attorney's office on Monday declined to file criminal charges against three deputies involved in a deadly Taser incident.

Allen John Kephart, 44, died after he was shot repeatedly with a Taser in May after a traffic stop on California 189 in Blue Jay.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said that Kephart became combative with deputies. Kephart's family disputes the allegation.

"There is insufficient evidence to establish criminal liability," the district attorney's office said in  a statement.

Kephart’s father said in May that his son’s death was a senseless use of excessive force.

The incident happened when his son was returning to the family home after getting gas in Crestline.

"To me, it’s not just a traffic stop. It’s murder. You don’t kill a person for running a stop sign,"  Jack Kephart told The Times.

The father said witnesses told him that the deputy slammed his son to the ground.

His son was shot about eight times by two deputies, Jack Kephart said.


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Photo: Allen John Kephart. Credit: Family photo

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