JAMESTOWN (WKBW) The Chief of Police in Jamestown says he believes his officers did the right thing in using a taser on an individual during an altercation at the Jamestown Police Department, despite the fact that man would later die at a local hospital.
Jamestown Police arrested 30 year old Charles Baker following a traffic stop on North Main Street Saturday afternoon. Police say while he was being processed at the City Jail he began an altercation with officers, forcing one to use a taser to subdue him.
"It was a single deployment, and the officers were able to secure him and place him into the restraint chair to prevent him from further harming himself or the other officers," Captain Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown PD said.
Baker spent two hours in a restraint, and was then placed into a holding cell where he suffered an apparent seizure according to police. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.
"Our concern is we want to know what ultimately caused his death. An autopsy was performed this morning, we're waiting for the results and working closely with the District Attorney's office to investigate this incident," Chief Harry Snellings said.
An investigation including police video of the tasing and later seizures. Video, the police chief says, that shows no police wrongdoing.
"I personally feel our officers did everything in compliance with our policies and procedures in use of force and handling this prisoner," Chief Snellings added.
Police say Baker did have a criminal history with drugs, and that he was arrested with several bags of cocaine on him on Saturday before the tasing took place.
Authorities are still awaiting a cause of death from the medical examiner, but say due to the timeline they do not believe the use of the taser had anything to do with Baker's death.