Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Police Kill Teen with Stun Gun

From the Associated Press:
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. - A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said.

In a statement obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, police in Jerseyville, about 40 miles north of St. Louis, said 17-year-old Roger Holyfield would not acknowledge officers who approached him and he continued yelling, "I want Jesus."

Police tried to calm the teen, but Holyfield became combative, according to the statement. Officers fired the stun gun at him after he ignored their warnings, then fired again when he continued struggling, police said.

Holyfield was flown to St. Louis' Cardinal Glennon Hospital after the confrontation Saturday; he died there Sunday, police said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The police say he was tasered twice,the hospitol in Jerseyville says he was tasered 7 to 9 times. it has been almost 6 months and the medical examiner still has not released the lab results. Am i the only person that smells a police cover up ?