State Attorney General's office decides no charges warranted in Franklin County jail death

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KENNEWICK, Washington — The state Attorney General's Office has cleared a Washington State Patrol trooper and staff at the Franklin County jail of wrongdoing in the death of a Kennewick man.

54-year-old Russell Edward Sharrer died at the jail from methamphetamine intoxication and other health problems shortly after being arrested by the trooper Feb. 24.

The Tri-City Herald reported Friday that an autopsy showed Sharrer had deadly levels of methamphetamine in his system. He also suffered from heart disease and emphysema.

The Attorney General's Office has determined that excessive force did not play a role in the death and no criminal charges are warranted.

Information from: Tri-City Herald,

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