Woman files $2 million claim against county

A $2 million claim has been filed against Kitsap County by Holly Rosentangle who alleges that her husband, Curt Rosentangle, died from a negligently used Taser gun after a struggle with Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 21, 2004.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Ridgetop Apartment complex that night when Curt Rosentangle was reported by residents acting irrationally, running up and down halls, smashing porch lights and trying to force his way into apartments.

He was wearing blue jeans with no shirt or shoes when the deputy arrived. He refused to calm down when asked by the deputy and began to get aggressive. The deputy used her Taser stun gun on him twice to no avail and the two started to struggle. Another deputy and sergeant arrived and helped to secure Curt Rosentangle and shortly after he stopped breathing. Curt Rosentangle was pronounced dead shortly after he was transported to Harrison Hospital.

The Kitsap County Coroner’s report stated that Curt Rosentangle had died of “excited delirium with cardiac arrhythmia” due to “acute cocaine intoxication.” The Taser was ruled out as a contributor to Curt Rosentangle’s death.

Shortly after the incident last year Sheriff Steve Boyer released a statement saying, “I am aware of the circumstances surrounding the incident, and of the initial, preliminary investigation so far. The deputies followed correct procedures.”

The claim filed by Holly Rosentangle, who now lives in Costa Mesa, Calif., was received on March 8 by the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Civil Division.

According to the claim, the basis for

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