Oxford police said a family member identified Jay Coburn, 53, of Jasper, Ga. as the man who damaged several cars in a violent rampage at Presley Auto Sales on U.S. 78 in Oxford, before being shot with stun gun. Coburn was pronounced dead at Regional Medical Center at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens said investigators worked with the Jasper County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office where Coburn’s car’s tags had been registered and located a family member who identified the body today at the Alabama Department of Forensics Sciences in Huntsville. The family member told police Coburn was in the area visiting friends.
Owens said a cause of death has not been determined and the investigation is on-going.
Police were called Tuesday morning to the used car lot after Coburn had broken several car windshields with his fists while screaming at employees. When police arrived, Coburn had broken into a red Dodge Charger, was speaking incoherently had blood on his hands and his pants were down, according to Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge. After several attempts to get Coburn out of the car, the man charged at police and was shot with a stun gun.
After being cuffed by an officer, he was taken to Regional Medical Center for shortness of breath and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after admittance.
Partridge said he believes the man might have been suffering from excited delirium syndrome, a medical condition consisting of a mixture of delirium, agitation, and anxiety which can result in violent and bizarre behavior and cause sudden death. The condition is usually related to drug use, Partridge said.
The incident is still under investigation. Partridge said Tuesday that he believed the officer acted appropriately in the situation.
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