Kenly officer will face trial for March Taser death
Posted September 6, 2016
Johnston County, N.C. — A Kenly police officer was indicted on manslaughter charges Tuesday in connection with a March incident involving a man who died after a police chase ended in the use of a stun gun.
Jesse Craig Santifort was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Alexander Warren Thompson.
On March 3, a Thompson led authorities from Wilson County on a chase that topped 100 mph. In Johnson County, Kenly police picked up the pursuit.
The chase ended after an additional 10 miles when Thompson’s car crashed into a fire hydrant near the intersection of Country Store Road and U.S. Highway 70 between Pine Level and Princeton.
Santifort used a stun gun on Thompson when he ran toward the officer and disregarded his commands. Thompson then suffered a medical emergency and was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.