taser death

Another Middle Tennessee Taser Death

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Tasered multiple times after being handcuffed according to witnesses.

Old Hickory man dies in Gallatin police custody

GALLATIN, Tenn. – An Old Hickory man arrested for filing a false police report died in police custody in Gallatin Tuesday night after being stunned with a taser.

Gallatin police are still investigating the incident and a cause of death has not been determined.

Tuesday night, at about 10 p.m., Gallatin police responded to a home on Trousdale Avenue in regards to a reported home invasion.

Upon arrival, officers encountered 33-year-old Jeffrey Woodward walking down the street carrying the knife.

Woodward told the officers he had placed the call to police and after surrendering the knife, returned to the home where he said someone was holding his mother against her will.

After officers determined his mother was safe and there was no emergency, they attempted to take Woodward into custody for filing a false police report.

A struggle ensued, forcing officers to deploy a taser.

Gallatin police said a taser device was used, but it didn’t fire property and the struggle continued until officers were able to secure Woodward

Amanda Campbell witnessed the incident.

“They had the gentleman in handcuffs and they started tasering him about over four times,” she told News 2. “All of a sudden, I see the dog attack him, he dropped down on the ground and the dog was on top of him.”

Carrie Campbell also saw what happened.

“I almost was in tears, and actually right now, in my head, I can still hear him say, ‘Help me, help me, help me’,” she recalled.

Once in custody, officers said it looked like Woodward needed medical attention.

He was taken to Sumner Regional Hospital where he died a short time later.

Sgt. Bill Storment, public information officer for Gallatin police said Woodward “did not immediately die as a result of being tased.” He said he died a “short time later.”

The incident remains under investigation.

source: WKRN Nashville
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The Tennessean report

Neighbor saw fight

Shawn Hill, 22, of Gallatin, said he witnessed the struggle between Woodward and police.

Hill said he watched as Woodward ran from the police and dove onto the hood of a police car.

“All I could hear was tick, tick, tick, tick, tick (the sound made by the Taser). That was when he was on the ground.”

Hill said Woodward’s mother pleaded with officers not to kill him. He said Woodward was calling for help.

“He was yelling, ‘Help me, help me,’ ” Hill said. “I won’t ever forget that.”

Hill said a police dog kept Woodard on the ground.

Storment said no charges are likely against the officers, and investigators have no reason to believe excessive force was used.

Hill disagrees.

“For somebody to die, you did too much,” he said. {more with over 100 comments}