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Autopsy says man placed under arrest died from meth and not blunt force

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Posted at 11:52 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 12:52:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An autopsy has revealed that a man who was involved in a struggle with Wilson County deputies died from methamphetamine, not from blunt force.

Jacob Ross Nopens died back in January after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he collapsed while being placed under arrest.

At the time, family members said he was beaten by Wilson County Sheriff deputies. He was taken to a Nashville hospital and was in a coma for several days before he died.

However, an autopsy report said Nopens died from acute meth intoxication, with “excited delirium Syndrome, being the contributing cause.

The manner of death was ruled as an accident, the report said. The circumstances of death were “methamphetamine and [he] struggled with police.”

Deputies were called to the scene in response to a domestic incident. The report detailed that Nopens, who had been walking with his child, was behaving erratically.

Deputies used a stun gun to subdue Nopens, and he became unresponsive during the struggle to restrain him.

The autopsy revealed that he did have abrasions on his head but no bleeding or injury on his brain or skull.