DA won’t charge officer who fired taser, killed man

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PONCA CITY, Okla. – The District Attorney will not charge a police officer who fired a taser and killed a man in July.

Roger Bales died in the hospital July 1.

He ran from officers, who pulled him over for a broken tail light.

An officer fired a shot from his taser, which hit Roger in the head.

Roger was a convicted felon who had methamphetamine in his system, according to an autopsy.

The autopsy ruled Roger’s death a homicide, listing the cause as “complications of being tased.”

Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson told NewsChannel 4, after reviewing reports, the officer used the taser in an appropriate manner.

The officer had “no reason to believe [the taser] would have an effect like that,” he said. “Nobody expected this person to die with a taser.”

Roger’s daughter told NewsChannel 4 in July she didn’t understand why officers didn’t chase down her father on foot.

Roger, 56, was well known in the community and had health problems, she said.

“This kind of force on an old man is not okay,” said Lindsey Bales. “He was not hurting them. He was trying to get away from them. I just think it could have been deescalated some other way.”

Lindsey said she is considering filing lawsuits against the city or the police department.

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