JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) is answering questions for the second time this week about another crime suspect that died after being tased with a stun gun.
JSO stood behind the officers and their actions during a news conference Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, 35-year-old Conrad Lowman died after being tased by police.
Police say Lowman was high on cocaine and other drugs when he crashed his car into a parked SUV. After that, police say Lowman fought with neighbors, his own passenger and even police both before and after he was tased. It took four officers to put handcuffs on Lowman. And Police say he was walking and talking when he left for the hospital.
Lowman died a short time later. Police say they don’t believe it was the taser than killed Lowman, though their still waiting on the official cause of death. And JSO said the officers did exactly what they were supposed to do when presented with this kind of situation.
“These officers don’t have to be put into these situations,” said Police Chief Dwain Senterfitt, “but when they show up out there and there’s something going on, they don’t have th option of saying “OK, this person doesn’t want to cooperate,. I’m going to let it go.’”
This incident follows another deadly taser encounter between police and a man at a bar on Sunday.
In both cases, the taser officers used to subdue the suspect did not stop them, so hand tasers were used.
All the officers involved in these incidents have been put on administrative leave which is standard procedure in cases like this.