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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 13 May 2009

SEATTLE (AP) -- The family of an Edmonds man says he hasn't regained consciousness since he suffered a head injury early Sunday as he was being arrested in Seattle.

The family fears 29-year-old Chris Harris may not survive. He's in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The King County sheriff's office says he ran from deputies looking for a stabbing suspect. It turns out Harris was not a suspect.

His stepfather, Todd Keeling of Mountlake Terrace, says no one knows why Harris ran. Keeling told The Seattle Times he doesn't think the deputy who tackled Harris into a wall intended to injure him. But Keeling wants the deputy held accountable for what Keeling considers excessive force.

On Tuesday, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart identified the deputy ``who caught up with Christopher Harris'' as Matthew Paul, 26, and the second deputy in the chase as Joseph Eshom, 28. Paul has been with the sheriff's office for about four years and Eshom for three.

The men have been on their usual weekend but Urquhart said Paul will be placed on administrative leave, as is typical for deputies involved in a critical incident. Eshom is expected back to work Wednesday night.

Sheriff's detectives expect to complete their investigation in the next several days, Urquhart said. Sheriff Sue Rahr has asked Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to review the investigation once it is completed.

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