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October 22nd, 2010
Taser Report

PANAMA CITY — A Panama City police officer was not injured Wednesday evening when she was accidentally struck with a Taser probe by a fellow officer during the takedown of suspect who fled police and then charged the officer.

A BADGES unit (Bay Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Squad) was conducting surveillance and operations shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Andrews area when officers spotted a white Cadillac driven by Garrison Eugene Warrender and attempted to stop the car for traffic infractions, PCPD Deputy Chief Robert Colbert said.

The driver fled at about 50 mph west on 19th Street, which is a 35 mph zone. The car crossed over the Hathaway Bridge and entered the Woodlawn neighborhood before coming to a stop.

A passenger in the vehicle, Shawn Cedric Killings, jumped out of the car and led police on a foot chase through the neighborhood, jumping fences and running through yards. He attempted to conceal himself in a drainage ditch, but was spotted by Investigator Tammy Lanier, who ordered him to come out and surrender.

Killings then made threatening movements toward Lanier, Colbert said. She attempted to deploy her Taser, but it malfunctioned and did not go off. Killings then charged Lanier. Investigator Christopher Nichol attempted to assist Killings by deploying his Taser toward the suspect, but he was standing in a neighboring yard and reached over a privacy fence to engage his weapon.

One of the prongs struck Killings and another struck Lanier, causing both to feel half of the weapon’s voltage, Colbert said. Neither was injured, and Killings was able to disengage the Taser from his body and continued to run to the front yard of 106 Carolyn Ave., where he was met by other officers in the BADGES unit.

Killings continued to act aggressively, and one of the officers deployed a Taser on Killings for the second time. He was subdued, but one of the probes struck him in the neck. EMS responded to the scene as a precautionary measure and Killings was taken to the hospital to be checked, Colbert said.

At the time, he was still being uncooperative with officers who were not able to learn his identity until Thursday morning. Lanier also received first aid on the scene, but was not transported.

The incident ended with several charges. Killings was charged with resisting an officer without violence, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of narcotics equipment and extensive warrants and probation violations.

Warrender was charged with fleeing or eluding law enforcement officers. A second passenger, Corey Jarell Holmes, was also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Together, the three men have about 108 prior charges against them including multiple drug and firearms offenses. Colbert said.

“Whenever someone flees, the emphasis is always on immediately locating and securing that person so they can’t cause harm to the community,” Colbert said.

 


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