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Video: GA Deputy Shot Man After Announcing He was Deploying "Taser"

October 18, 2017  | 

VIDEO: GA Deputy Shot Man After Announcing He was Deploying "Taser"

Body cam video released Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows the moment Baldwin County Sheriff's deputy Charles Gillis shot 18-year old Jamel Jackson in the arm. The video shows that the deputy may have drawn and fired his gun while intending to deploy an ECW.

It happened last Monday in an apartment complex, after Jackson allegedly got into a domestic dispute with his mother.

According to the incident report, Gillis and another deputy tried to arrest Jackson, but he resisted and a fight broke out.

In the video, you can hear a deputy yelling "Taser, Taser!"

Baldwin Sheriff Bill Massee told WMAZ that Gillis made a mistake, pulling his gun instead of his Taser to restrain Jackson.

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Jim B. @ 10/20/2017 7:50 AM

I couldn't really tell from the video if it was the same officer who said "Taser, Taser" and who fired the shot. But I doubt it will really matter.

If we are not already there, we are rapidly going to get to the point where the "I drew my gun when I thought I was drawing my Taser" argument is simply not going to work. Each of us needs to take significant steps to prevent this from happening. I carry my Taser on my weak side, positioned to draw with my weak hand, for just the reason.

I don't know where/how this deputy carries his Taser and I hope he successfully makes it through the investigation and any charges that might be brought. If you carry your Taser in a crossdraw configuration and draw with your gun hand or (god help you) on the same side as your gun, you are flirting with disaster.

DEPUTYJJG @ 10/20/2017 2:59 PM

Jim B. I have carried my taser from day one on my weak side just as you do. When we got our tasers years ago, I told my Chief Deputy that I wanted a left handed holster. Everybody thought I was nuts but he got me one. At least I will never mistake my taser for my duty gun and vice versa. 37 Yr. Tx LEO

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