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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another One Bites The Dust

American Scofflaw

A Philadelphia man who was Tasered during a traffic stop Friday after he and his female companion allegedly assaulted state troopers, died from unknown causes Sunday morning at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

The circumstances of Hakim Jackson's death are being investigated by the state police.

The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office, which was to conduct an autopsy yesterday, did not answer phone calls or return messages.

Jackson, 31, was the passenger in a car driven by Ashley McDaniel, 21, of Elkton, Md., that was pulled over about 5:20 p.m. on Interstate 95 South, in Tinicum Township, for tinted window and other violations, police said.

When the car was stopped, both occupants appeared nervous and gave false identification, police said.

McDaniel was asked to step out of the car. While Trooper Joseph Yingling was speaking with Jackson through the passenger window, Jackson climbed in the driver's seat and put the vehicle in gear, court documents said.

In response, Yingling reached through the passenger window and pulled the keys out of the ignition. But while he was doing that, Jackson punched him repeatedly in the head, leading Yingling to Taser him, court documents said.

The second officer on the scene, Trooper Michael McKeon, then tried to remove Jackson through the driver side door of the car, but Jackson, who had just been Tasered, jumped into the back seat, fled out a rear door and ran into the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, the affidavit said.

During Jackson's escape, McDaniel allegedly jumped on McKeon's back and began to assault him.

When back-up officers arrived, three troopers, including McKeon and Yingling, chased Jackson into the Wildlife Refuge and after about a mile, arrested him in a "thick swamp," police said.

Both troopers were treated at Crozer-Chester - McKeon for heat exhaustion and a cut to his hand, and Yingling for facial wounds and a cut on his hand that required seven stitches.

Jackson also was taken to Crozer-Chester, though the extent of his injuries was unclear, police said.

McDaniel was charged with aggravated assault on police, hindering apprehension, resisting arrest, driving under a suspended license and related offenses. She remains in the Delaware County Prison on $50,000 bail.

Investigations revealed that Jackson had drug distribution warrants out for his arrest from the state parole board, West Chester and Philadelphia, police said.

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