By Alton Mitchell
A 25-year-old man died after being stunned by a police officer’s stun gun last week in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama. The incident which is still under investigation has been handed over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agencies State Bureau of Investigation.
The investigation into the incident by the SBI is still ongoing. However officials do confirm that the incident began with a traffic stop by an unidentified Sylacauga police officer Wednesday night. At 9:30p.m. Central Time an officer stopped a vehicle in the Fairmont community of the city. The traffic stop was turned into a narcotics investigation and a physical altercation erupted between the officer and the vehicles driver, which police have identified as Ladarius Dontrell Jackson.
During the altercation Jackson was able to break the officers grasp and fled on foot. A foot pursuit then ensued and the officer deployed a Taser to stop the fleeing Jackson. A release shows that Jackson was taken into custody and an EMS unit from Sylacauga Ambulance Service arrived and took Jackson to Coosa Valley Medical Center Emergency Department where he was pronounced dead. Sylacauga Police called the SBI in to investigate the incident. The investigation is still ongoing. Sylacauga is located south of Birmingham about 60 miles northwest of LaFayette along U.S. Highway 280.