Medical examiner releases details in Oklahoma County inmate’s death

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The medical examiner has released details related to the death of an inmate at the Oklahoma County Jail.

Investigators say 40-year-old Charlton Chrisman was arrested April 18 after he drove through the Deaconess Hospital waiting room window.

The next day, he was found unresponsive in his jail cell and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Charlton Chrisman

Eight months after his death, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed assault and battery charges against two jailers in connection with Chrisman’s death.

According to the affidavit, two jailers opened Chrisman’s jail cell and shot him with pepper balls when he ran toward them. The affidavit states that Colton Ray and Brian Harrison admitted to immediately shooting at Chrisman and shooting him at close range with a pepper ball.

A civil lawsuit alleges that the jailers used excessive force, adding that Chrisman was shot with 16 pepper balls and sprayed with pepper spray.

Now, News 4 has obtained the medical examiner’s report related to Chrisman’s death.

According to the report, the medical examiner states that Chrisman died from acute methamphetamine intoxication.

The report also notes that he suffered multiple pepper ball injuries, but adds that those injuries were not an underlying cause related to his death.

 

 

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