Report exonerates Soddy-Daisy police officer in Taser-related death

Report exonerates Soddy-Daisy police officer in Taser-related death

May 8th, 2009 by Jacqueline Koch in Local - Breaking News

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office report exonerated a Soddy-Daisy police officer in connection with the death of a man 18 days after the officer used a stun gun on him.

The report found that Officer Melissa Daniels acted within the scope of her powers and in a proper manner when she used a Taser on Roger Redden on Jan. 4.

Soddy-Daisy officers responded to a domestic incident at 9921 Dayton Pike and found Mr. Redden naked, talking out of his head and breaking things, according to the report. When officers attempted to talk to him, he mumbled and did not make eye contact while stumbling around the room. Police called for an ambulance and tried to put a restrictive suit on Mr. Redden, but he refused.

Medics and police then attempted to hold Mr. Redden down to strap him to a stretcher to transport him to a hospital, but he became combative and would not follow officer commands, according to the report.

Officer Daniels then deployed her Taser seven times, stunning him in the left thigh/leg area, left upper arm and underneath his left arm, according to the report. Following the stuns, Mr. Redden remained combative and uncooperative. He then was handcuffed to the stretcher, according to the report.

The Medical Examiner's Office in Knoxville ruled the death a natural event and listed the cause of death as multiple medical issues, mainly an undiagnosed fungus that caused his erratic behavior, according to the report.

"There is no evidence or witness statements that indicate that any member of the Soddy-Daisy Police Department or Emergency Medical Services used excessive force during this event," according to the report.

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