Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Shane Ledbetter Dies After Being Tasered

The man who was hospitalized after a violent struggle with Aurora police officers last week has died.

Shane Ledbetter, 38, ran from police on Thursday as they were arresting another man who was wanted on several arrest warrants including a felony, statewide extradition warrant.

Ledbetter ran through Mission Viejo Park and into a creek bed, where officers caught up with him.

Police said he was combative and resisted arrest so an officer shocked him with a Taser gun to subdue him. After he was shocked, Ledbetter became unresponsive and officers performed CPR while paramedics were called, said Aurora police spokeswoman Shannon Youngquist Lucy.

Ledbetter died early Sunday morning.

Ledbetter was wanted on several felony warrants including an escape warrant issued in Jefferson County in 2004.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy on Ledbetter early this week, but a final determination on his cause of death may take several weeks due to the amount of time it takes to get toxicology reports back, Lucy said.

As per policy in such an incident, detectives with the major crimes/homicide unit have been actively investigating the incident.

An Aurora patrol officer who was injured during the foot chase and arrest remains on medical leave. Investigators are uncertain when he will be well enough to speak with them, but hope to complete an interview later this week.

Detectives will turn over their report to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office when it is completed.

Officer Steven Barringer Arrested for Drunk Driving

Two off-duty Hurst officers are on administrative leave after they were pulled over, and one was accused of drunken driving in downtown Fort Worth.

According to a Fort Worth police report, Steven Barringer, 27, was pulled over by an officer after he had swerved between two lanes and then almost hit a stopped car at a red light in the 100 block of E. Seventh Street on Friday. He had been given a sobriety test but refused a breathalyzer test.

Barringer was taken to Mansfield jail on suspicion of drunken driving and released Friday on $500 bail, the Associated Press reported.

Barringer had denied drinking but later admitted that he and a second officer, Jacob Eubank, had been out celebrating Eubank’s promotion to corporal at the Library Bar, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Officer David Eaddy Charged with Burglary

A Williamsburg County police officer accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home has bonded out of jail.

Deputies say he was in uniform when he committed the crime.

Sunday, The Florence County Sheriff's Office charged 28-year-old David Eaddy with burglary.

He is an officer with the Hemingway Police Department.

Deputies say he broke into his former girlfriend's home in Lake City on Sunday afternoon.

The Hemingway police chief says Eaddy has been with the department for two months, and has now been put on administrative leave without pay.

Probation Officer Joe Williams Arrested for Domestic Battery

North Port Police have arrested a man for domestic battery and preventing the victim from calling 911.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Joe Williams at his home Sunday night. A report says he is a probation officer for the state of Florida.

According to his wife, Williams was intoxicated and threw one of their children into the pool to teach him how to swim. When Williams' wife threw his beer away, he became violent according to the report -- threatening to kill her.

He took the phone, keeping her from calling 911. She was able to get their 2 children to a nearby business safely and call authorities.

Williams is charged with domestic battery and prevent access to emergency services. He has since bonded out of the Sarasota County Jail.

Probation Officer Robert Justin Jones Arrested for Inappropriately Touching Teen

A Midland County Probation Officer has been arrested and charged with Official Oppression.

26-year-old Robert Justin Jones was arrested Tuesday morning at work following an investigation that began last week.

Midland Police say Jones inappropriately touched an 18-year-old female while at the house of a man he is supervising. Jones was not at the home on official business.

Police say Jones is being charged with oppression because one of his probationers lived at the home, the victim is on probation and only allowed Jones to touch her because he is a Probation Officer.