Chattanooga: Officer investigated in death of Erlanger patient was fired from police department after Taser incident

Chattanooga: Officer investigated in death of Erlanger patient was fired from police department after Taser incident

December 2nd, 2009 by Jacqueline Koch in Local - Breaking News

The Erlanger hospital security officer who allegedly used a Taser to stun a patient who later died was fired from the Chattanooga Police Department in 2005 after he stunned a suspect in handcuffs.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the role of Erlanger hospital Officer Shane Webb in connection with the death of Edward Buckner, 54, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm confirmed today.

On Monday, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office asked that the TBI look into Friday's incident, Ms. Helm said.

Officer Webb was terminated from the Chattanooga Police Department on Feb. 11, 2005, for undue force and treating a prisoner improperly in the parking lot of Kanku's on 20th Street after a high-speed chase, according to a Chattanooga police internal affairs investigation.

Officer Webb could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mr. Buckner, a patient at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, had been treated at Erlanger for dehydration. Upon release he fought with hospital police, who used the Taser before he was taken back to Moccasin Bend and found to be unresponsive. He was returned to Erlanger and pronounced dead.

The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office has not released the autopsy pending toxicology and blood test results.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.