Man dies after being tased by Jeffersontown Police
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown Police are investigating a man's death, after he was tased by one of their officers.
In a release, the department said police were flagged down near the Home Towne Studios on Taylorsville Road on the morning of July 19.
The person let them know about a man who was reportedly armed with a knife. The release said the man, later identified as 32-year-old Christopher Roberts, ignored commands to drop the weapon, so the officer used his taser. Roberts fell and was injured badly enough to be taken to University Hospital, where he later died.
"In order to have closure, to mourn, I need answers," said Cynthia Roberts, Christopher's mother.
Mayor Bill Dieruf said what happened is not only devastating to the family, but it has also been a painful case for the city, the department and the officer involved.
Roberts said she has compassion for the officer, but she still wants answers and would like to see Jeffersontown Police officers use body cameras in the future.
"Those would have really helped with closure for that police officer, and it would have helped with closure for us," she said.
Police are waiting on the results of a toxicology report, and then the case will be sent to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
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