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Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey holds a Taser pistol Wednesday as he makes a point about how the weapon is deployed. The three-legged table to the right is the piece of furniture used by Daniel Quick during an attempted assault on a deputy on Dec. 30. Quick died after being hit with four Taser darts.(Greg Welter/Enterprise-Record)<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href='http://chicoer.mycapture.com/'>here</a>.</p>
OROVILLE -- A Magalia man who died Dec. 30 after being hit by four Taser darts fired simultaneously by two Butte County sheriff's deputies was given multiple opportunities, over several hours, to calm down and surrender.

That finding, by a multiagency critical incident protocol team looking into the death of Daniel Walter Quick, 43, was announced Wednesday by District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The two deputies involved, Sgt. Tony Borgman and reserve deputy Richard Dobkowitz, were found to be justified in their actions and restored to duty after a period of administrative leave.

Ramsey said an autopsy revealed that the primary cause of Quick's death was cardiac dysrhythmia, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the average adult heart rate falls below 60 beats per minute, or rises above 100 per minute.

In Quick's case, a long history of narcotics abuse, high blood pressure, diagnosed pulmonary disease and heavy use of methamphetamine on the day he died made him "exquisitely sensitive to the induction of a cardiac dysrhythmia, which the patient sustained at the scene," concluded a pathologist.

The violent encounter with deputies and the Taser shocks were noted as contributing factors, but Ramsey denied


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speculation that getting hit by four darts at once, fired from two Taser guns, was equivalent to getting shocked twice at the same time.

He said Taser darts deliver a uniquely configured 50,000-volt shock between the two points where the darts enter the body, and that getting hit with four darts isn't "double the dosage."

He said a Taser dart Quick took in the head, as he ducked, likely had no debilitating effect on the man.

Quick had lived with his parents on Drexel Drive in Magalia for about five years, and was known to Butte County sheriff's deputies, including reserve Sgt. Tom Coleman, the first to contact Quick on the night he died.

Coleman attempted to talk calmly with Quick when he encountered him on the front porch of his parents' home at 4:17 p.m.

The deputy knew the man had threatened to kill his parents and burn their house down earlier that day, and that he was threatening to take his own life.

He also knew that Quick had been the subject of several psychological episodes over the years, some resulting in formal mental evaluations.

When Coleman tried to talk with Quick, the suspect allegedly cursed at him and ran inside the house, where he continued to shout obscenities and allegedly said the sergeant would "have to kill him."

Knowing Quick's parents were out of the house, Coleman stayed outside and called for backup. Before it arrived, the sergeant heard a rear door to the home close. Coleman went through a gate and was confronted by Quick, running straight toward him.

Coleman ordered the man to stop, but Quick allegedly yelled out, "I'll kill you first." The suspect then jumped onto a porch and headed for a back door.

Coleman pulled his Taser and fired, but the darts failed to leave the gun.

Quick reportedly ran back into the house and continued to shout obscenities, as Sgt. Jason Hail, deputy Tracy Panuke and Paradise Police Sgt. Jason Imboden arrived at the home.

They talked with Quick for several minutes through an open window. During that period, Hail said Quick's mood ranged from extreme anger to relative calm, and at times he denied he intended to hurt himself or his parents.

Fearing escalation if deputies entered the home, Hail said he ordered everyone to leave.

As deputies backed off, Coleman went to find Quick's parents, Barbara Quick, 73, and Walter Quick, 77. He found them at a shopping center on the Skyway and took them to the sheriff's substation in Magalia, where they allegedly told officials they had been seriously threatened by their son that day, then signed statements outlining several years of abuse at the hands of Daniel Quick.

The Quicks reportedly told deputies they had to do their duty in regard to getting their son out of the house, and realized there could be deadly consequences.

They believed their son was also under the influence of methamphetamine that day, and had been exhibiting behavior stranger than usual.

Among other bizarre statements, the parents said their son claimed he was related to alien beings from Luna, a moon of the planet Atari, and that beings from Luna, known as Neflans, were invading earth. He allegedly said they had already taken over the Paradise Police Department and were descending on Washington, D.C.

After he made those statements, Quick's parents left for a time to go shopping. On return, they noticed that the gas tank lid for one of their cars have been ripped off and thrown under the vehicle.

Quick told them he had to look inside the gas tank to locate a "plutonium device" planted there by the Neflans, whom he claimed were going to kill them and burn down their house.

It was 7:15 p.m. before deputies, this time joined by Borgman and Dobkowitz, returned to the house.

Coleman and Panuke went through the front door of the home, using a key Quick's parents had provided. When the deputy yelled for Quick to come out, he screamed more obscenities from his bedroom, then allegedly said, "You're going to have to kill me."

Quick began throwing items from his bedroom at Coleman, including shelves, a beer bottle and a large mirror, which landed with a crash and left shards of glass surrounding Coleman's feet.

Quick reportedly next grabbed a heavy three-legged wooden table, held it to his chest, and began rushing at Coleman, with the legs pointed out.

Coleman had his service revolver drawn, and was about to fire, when Borgman and Dobkowitz, standing to the left of the bedroom entrance, fired their Taser guns simultaneously at Quick.

Two Taser barbs entered Quick's chest, one lodged into the side of his neck, and the third struck him in the face, at a downward angle.

Ramsey said the shots were at close range, from no more than six or eight feet away.

Quick staggered backwards and fell to the floor. Deputies rushed in and placed him in handcuffs, but immediately noted that Quick wasn't reviving from the shocks and had a weak pulse.

Medical aid arrived within three minutes and began resuscitation efforts. Paramedics said Quick had an erratic heartbeat and was "in defib" — a condition consistent with cardiac dysrhythmia. He was transported to Feather River Hospital in Paradise at 7:53 p.m. and pronounced dead there at 8:21 p.m.

The investigative panel concluded that Coleman would have been justified in using lethal force when Quick charged at him with the table, and similarly determined that the use of less-than-lethal force — the Taser pistols — by Borgman and Dobkowitz was an appropriate response under the circumstances.

The death was the first in Butte County associated with the use of a Taser pistol by law enforcement. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has been using Tasers since 2002 and said each deputy receives a four-hour training course in their use.