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Kenly officer will face trial for March Taser death

Posted September 6, 2016

Kenly officer used stun gun on chase suspect

— 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.


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  • Johnny Roberts Sep 8, 2016
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    Well for one thing. The suspect had no respect for the law. So really, who actually really cares what happened? The police did there job. That's it. Justice served. Get over it people. When you put other people lives in danger nobody cares about yours.. remember when your parents used to tell you to think twice before you do something wrong? Well,,??

  • Russell Capps Sep 7, 2016
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    He was tased 4 times. In no way am I defending the guy that died. But, that police officer made some very sarcastic comments over the police radio and from people that witnessed the incident saw the man run towards the police officer with his hand around his throat as if he was chocking after swallowing something after getting out of the car. And the DA has dropped around 30 charges against people that police officer has arrested. So, I would not be so quick to defend that police officer.

  • Benjamin Kite Sep 6, 2016
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    One common piece of information that would make this article emulate a real attempt at journmalism, would be to collect the "number of times the stun gun was fired at the deceased". This information should be easy to obtain for WRAL. Instead, we see only that he will face a trial, and then lots of information that makes us believe that there is no point to a trial. It feels like intentional omission to people who are sensitive about police brutality.

  • Donald Holder Sep 6, 2016
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    I don't get it. They chased the guy at over 100 mph, after he stopped, he charged at the officers, he was asking to be tased.