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Mentally handicapped Robeson man killed by stun gun

Posted July 27, 2012

— A Robeson County deputy shot a mentally handicapped man with a stun gun at a crossroads store in Parkton Friday morning, and he later died, authorities said.

George McEachin, 48, was at the 301 Kwik Shop, at 23011 U.S. Highway 301, at about 7:30 a.m. when his confrontation with a deputy ended in his death.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey declined to release any details of the incident, and store employees refused to discuss it.

Chris Hoffman, who routinely visits 301 Kwik Shop, said he heard that McEachin became violent.

"Somebody said he went in there and started chucking drinks and then came out and tried to stop somebody in a car – like he was going to take a car, like he got ill or something," Hoffman said.

McEachin lived at Green Manor Rest Home, a couple of miles away on West Parkton Tobermory Road. Nearby residents said they often saw him and other rest home residents walking up and down the road.

Hoffman said McEachin was a fixture at 301 Kwik Shop, where he would pump people's gas for a buck to get something cold to drink or pick up cigarette butts.

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"He never messed with nobody. Everybody called him 'Scooby,'" Hoffman said. "He would talk to himself every now and then. You could tell something was a little off, but other than that, he was good people."

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the events that led to McEachin's death, and the deputy, whose name hasn't been released, is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

McEachin's body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

There have been at least three other deaths involving stun guns in North Carolina in the past four years.

  • In March 2008, 17-year-old Darryl Turner of Charlotte died after a police officer shocked him. A federal jury found the gun manufacturer at fault and awarded Turner's family $10 million.
  • Last August, 56-year-old Michael Evans died after he was hit with a stun gun by Fayetteville police. Three officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
  • Last November, 61-year-old Roger Anthony of Halifax County died after a police officer shocked him. The former officer is facing one count of involuntary manslaughter in the case, which remains under SBI investigation.

A study recently released by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that stun guns are safe and effective and that their risks overall are extremely low.

The study looked at 1,200 cases nationwide where law enforcement officers used stun guns and found no link between their use and cardiac complications. None of the suspects who received shots to the chest were found to have heart-related problems.


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  • gracetilly18 Jul 30, 2012

    I have known scooby for right around 13 years. From the moment that I moved here I seen scooby walking up and down the road waving to everyone and helping the old people. Yes he has issues but he never would hurt someone, I will miss you scooby even if no one else will, parkton wont be the same. I dont expect everyone to understand why this is so wrong, but listen to this the area stores had the town of parktons police chiefs cell phone and home number and all they had to do is call her and she would have come and talked to him and it has been done before so before you say why because even though scooby was acting this way he was still a person, they could have tackled him and restrained him before using such force as a taser. Scooby I am sorry that you didnt get the treatment that you needed I wish that as a community we would have been able to do more for you, you were a good person and you deserved more we will all miss you....see you on the other side

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    Well put rebell

  • ladyblue Jul 27, 2012

    There are pages of officers just this year violating the law, constently in this state it is more than a few anymore. and there are pages of times officers have been sued or killed for trying to do their jobs. and books of criminals who hurt or killed innocent people.. one has nothing to do with the other..It's sad this man died and no autopsy has been done to say what killed him. maybe people need to wear large signs on top of their heads saying i have a heart condition do not taze. how else is an officer suppose to know. it's sad that someone lost their life to foved ones,but lets say these bottles he threw hit some innocent child in the head causing serious head injury.. then peopel would be scraming why didn't the officer do more... Again i repeat the rest homes or the liberal laws that allows people who are suppose to be considered mentally ill enough to be placed in public assistance housing should be held accountable for letting them wander the stre

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 27, 2012

    It'll only get worse as our goverment elected offical will back or request more aggresive police enforcement. Ya'll asked for it, and even voted for it, so be ready to deal with it. I'am old enought that I've seen the changes in our local and state police force as well as the Federal enforcement. The more right you give away, the more control they'll taking. So don't go off crying over stun guns, Road checks or anything else they're planning if you keep voting in these crooked two party corrupted officals year after year. The system in place is mean to make money and pay for these "services" they feel the public wants as well as to line the pockets of those who support them. It's all a money racket and the use of hired minions to carry out their plans.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    Ahhh thepeopleschamp is that why you get on here you get lonely and miss me? Poor thing. Although, if you want to think that I'm think about you then as long as it makes you feel better. Although bemusing to me

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 27, 2012

    @jj, you got me mixed up with someone else. Sorry that I'm in your head making you think about me too much. My bad. Peace.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    thepeopleschamp, it was golo and you know what you said and you know what just for you I will go find what you said and post it right her to refresh your memory. 1 bad cop is too many. There is a lot more than one in this state. Those weren't hand picked examples. Those were pulled straight in line off google. This year and there are many more. Although, you will never admit it

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 27, 2012

    How can the headline be "Man killed by stun gun" when there has been no autopsy or cause of death provided???

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    @obamacaremust No, I didn't say that. If community policing was used more instead of this hard stance now a days between police and citizens. This may of never occured. Use to be you could be on a department unless you lived in the town, county, municiple are, state that you policed. Now I see officer live every where but the communities they police. It hasn't been working out so well for them. No the man has no right to hurt anyone but also the police could have solved this another way. I see an over use of tasers as it is in situations that don't call for them. Over reaction of force seems to be an excepted practice in the area.

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 27, 2012

    @jj, still no reply to what "goleo" is? Please provide proof of me posting stuff somewhere as you alledged. I have no idea what you are talking about. That's what I thought, made up just like most of your "facts".