The death of a Halifax County man after a police officer used a taser on him is the fifth similar incident in Eastern Carolina in the last five years.
It was November 15th 2006 when police in Rocky Mount used a taser on Timothy Wayne Newton. Police say Newton was fighting after they caught him for breaking into a Battleboro convenience store. Newton died at the hospital.
In July of 2009 witnesses say 29-year-old Clarence Smith Junior from Windsor was tased after being put in handcuffs. Deputies say they had a court order for his arrest.
In December of 2010, reports say a trooper in Elizabeth City tased Clayton James of Hertford several times. James lost consciousness and later died.
And in January of last year, the State Bureau of Investigation was called in after an early morning fight on Dollartown Road in Wayne County got out of hand. One man who was tased later died.
We asked Beulaville Police Chief Joey Carter if incidents like these change his mind about his department using tasers. Carter said, "Normally, studies I've seen, there's always an underlying reason for a death. You know, maybe drug related, or heart conditions, or something. So, I've never seen nothing to change my mind to taking the taser off the road."
Part of basic law enforcement training does subject would be officers to tasers so they get an idea of what it feels like.
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