Man dies after being shot with a stun gun by Columbia deputy


Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

A man suspected of lurking in an elderly woman’s Lake City backyard died Sunday night after he was shot with stun gun by a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home on 135 SW Jamie Glen after a 91-year-old woman reported seeing a man in her backyard.

When Deputy Bradley Carpenter arrived, he found 35-year-old Timothy Shad Griffis hiding in a shed, according to a release provided by the department.

Carpenter called out to Griffis to exit the shed, and he refused, saying he would kill him.

“He actually used his hand to make a signal that he had a gun and said, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ ” sheriff’s spokesman Murray Smith said.

Carpenter warned Griffis that he would deploy his Taser, and then Griffis made “an aggressive movement,” according to the report.

Carpenter shot Griffis with a stun gun and placed him in handcuffs, which is when Griffis began to have trouble breathing.

The deputy administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Griffis was taken to Lake Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the release stated.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was brought in to investigate Griffis’ death and Carpenter was placed on administrative leave, per sheriff’s office policy.

Carpenter, 23, joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office eight months ago and had no history of disciplinary action, Smith said.

“He is an excellent performer and a prime deputy,” he said.

Columbia County jail records show that in the past, Griffis had been booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, aggravated battery and resisting an officer. He was last released from jail on June 2.

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