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Monday, May 17, 2010

Georgia Woman Dies After Being Shot With Taser

May 14, 2010 - Sukeba Olawunmi, 39, Clarkston (Dekalb County), Georgia

May 17, 2010

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County authorities said they are looking into a case in which a woman died after being shot with a Taser by DeKalb County police.

Officers were outfitted with the Tasers last in 2009.

DeKalb County police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News the incident happened Friday. The death occurred sometime after a Taser was used, but the device has not been linked directly to the woman’s death, police said.

Police said the incident Friday began at some Clarkston apartments. According to authorities, a woman tried to flee police in her car, struck another vehicle, and there was a struggle as officers tried to arrest her. Officers shot her with the Taser to subdue her.

The woman later died at a hospital.

The use of Tasers has been controversial in DeKalb County. Officers were just issued the devices late in 2009. Previously, supervisors had Tasers but those were pulled over concerns about possible Taser-related deaths in other jurisdictions. Many officers said Tasers give them another option besides pulling their guns when involved in a confrontation.

A police spokesperson said in an email that the latest incident is still under investigation.

It will be up to the DeKalb County medical examiner to determine a cause of death.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't even ask,what is this world coming to?anymore.police are playing as GOD!THOU,SHOULD NOT KILL!you say you will us any tool to make it home safe to your family,but GOD is not going home with you and your family,so how is you going to protect your family from GOD!!!YOU have a lot to answer to,GOD doN'T protect murders.SO KEEP THINKING YOU ARE GETTING AWAY WITH THIS,GOD SEE ALL,MY sister life was taken on May 14,that friday,and they try to cover it up by saying she was in a car accident!she left seven month old twins behind,and to other son's!tell her children how they mother with no pants on,resisting arrest,I'm sure seven offices could had handle one women,with out tasing her,such strong man!MAY GOD BE WITH OTHER'S FOR THEY LOST,I FEEL YOUR PAIN,CAUSE IF THEY DON'T STOP THESE STRONG POLICE OFFICE'S,THEY WILL BE ALOT MORE DEATH'S!!!REST IN PARADISE!!!WE LOVE YOU!!AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT IS ALL WE CAN SAY!!TO OUR LOVE ONE'S,AND TO THEY CHILDREN!!!!THANK YOU POLICE OFFICES FOR PROTECTING US!