Man dies after he's Tasered in jail

Brandon Bethea (Image courtesy Harnett County Sheriff's Office)

March 16, 2011 4:43:23 PM PDT
Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins confirmed to ABC11 Wednesday that a man is dead following an incident with a Taser at the Harnett County Detention Center in Lillington Tuesday.

Rollins said 24-year-old Brandon Jolvon Bethea of Fayetteville had been in court Tuesday and got into an altercation with detention officers when he was returned to jail.

Officers used a Taser - which emits a powerful electric charge - to control Bethea. They said immediately afterwards they noticed he was non-responsive and they began CPR until EMS paramedics arrived.

Bethea was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn where he was pronounced dead at 2:14 p.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bethea family during this difficult time," said Rollins in a statement.

Rollins said Detention Officer J. Clark - the officer who used the Taser - is on routine administrative leave while the SBI investigates.

Bethea had been in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond since January 23 after his arrest on two counts of attempted first-degree sex offense, attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and selling a counterfeit controlled substance.

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