Chase Alan Sherman experienced a psychiatric episode after taking the drug spice, that prompted his family to call the police and an ambulance. When sheriff's deputies from Coweta County, GA arrived, they subdued him by kneeling on his chest and, according to the family, handcuffed him, and then two deputies repeated tasered him until he went into "medical distress" and died.
The family says the deputies then high-fived each other.
The county coroner has ruled the death to be a homicide.
He allegedly continued to resist the deputies and medical personnel until at some point, he stopped fighting and went into medical distress, according to the GBI. Deputies and EMS performed CPR, and Chase Sherman was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It's not clear how many times deputies used their Tasers during the incident. His parents said they counted three times between the two of them. His girlfriend put the number closer to six.
They said they remember deputies high-fiving each other after their son was removed from the scene.
Family of victim in Coweta County Taser death seeks justice
[Lauren Foreman/Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
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