Lake City Man Dies after Being Shot with Stun Gun by Deputy

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News Release: Associated Press
August 26, 2014

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a north Florida man died after a deputy shocked him with a stun gun.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office reports that 35-year-old Timothy Griffis died Sunday after deputies responded to reports of a man lurking in an elderly woman's backyard in Lake City.

Deputy Bradley Carpenter told the sheriff's office that he arrived at the house and found Griffis hiding in a shed.

The office says Griffis signaled that he had a gun and threatened Carpenter.

Carpenter told Griffis he was going to use his stun gun, but the sheriff's office says Griffis made an "aggressive movement" toward Carpenter, who fired.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death, and Carpenter has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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