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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 12:10 pm

Klutzo's last act

Accused pedophile dies after jailhouse struggle

Alleged pedophile A. Paul Carlock, the subject of an Illinois Times article last week, died Friday at St. John’s Hospital after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers.

Tony Sacco, chief deputy in the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, says that at 7:30 a.m. officers attempted to transport Carlock to the hospital because he had been behaving erratically. Carlock resisted, Sacco says, and a struggle ensued.


Jailers first tried to put Carlock in a restraint chair, he says, and then wrestled him to the ground. Sacco says that when Carlock continued to fight an officer applied a “drive-stun” to the back of his left leg with a Taser.


The officers became concerned when Carlock paled and his heart rate weakened, Sacco says. They called for an ambulance, he says, and emergency personnel inserted an IV and administered chest compressions. Carlock was transferred to St. John’s Hospital, where he died at 9:28 a.m.


According to the coroner’s report, released Monday, Carlock’s death was the result of natural causes. The report states that Carlock, 57, suffered from preexisting, severe heart disease, which caused blockage of the arteries. Toxicology results are pending.


Last week’s story examined Carlock’s extensive employment history, including his work as a minister in three different Nazarene churches [Amanda Robert, “Klutzo’s résumé,” Nov. 15].


Taser guns have been implicated in a number of deaths, and Amnesty International has called on law-enforcement officials to curb their use [see Silja J.A. Talvi, “Stunning revelations,” Dec. 7].


Contact Amanda Robert at arobert@illinoistimes.com.
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