The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation after a Madison County, Mississippi officer tased, then fatally shot a man Friday night. The victim’s wife says he was unarmed when it happened.
Madison county officials say officers received a report of a suspected robber in the area where Amanda and Michael were confronted by an officer, reported MS News Now.
The couple were driving home from a camping trip when Michael accidentally dropped his walking staff out of the window, so they decided to turn around.
“A staff stick. You know what that is,” said Amanda. “He was swinging it out of the window, playing with it, and he dropped it.”
According to Amanda, they were pulled over while they were stopped to pick it up.
“He got out of the truck and he walked towards the back of the truck to go find it,” Amanda said.
While he was looking for the stick, Amanda said a deputy pulled up behind them without lights on.
“They told him to stop and he didn’t know who it was because they didn’t have any blue lights on so he kept walking to get his staff,” she said.
Because he did not obey commands from an unidentified person, the deputy decided to tase him.
“He fell and hit the ground and that’s when I jumped out of the truck because I heard him holler,” she said.
She said the deputy shot her unarmed husband as he laid on the ground, trying to recover from being needlessly tased.
“He flipped over into the grass and that’s when the cop seen him move and shot him in the side of his stomach. And the cop shot him in his solar flex and shot him in the other side of his stomach,” added Amanda.
Michael was dead before the fire department was able to respond to the scene.
MS News Now reported the Madison County Sheriff’s Department would not release any additional information.