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Officer Shoots Self, Police Chief With Tazer During Arrest

web posted August 8, 2014

EDGEFIELD Edgefield Police Officers and an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy were monitoring a large crowd attending a party at the Kendall Mill early Sunday morning when officers heard a commotion around 1:50 am and moved in to disperse the crowd. They came upon a man, later identified as Aladdin Harris, 19, of Edgefield, trying to start a fight and cursing loudly saying "F* the police," as he continued his taunting.

Officers tried to diffuse the situation and informed Harris he was under arrest for disorderly conduct and he began resisting officer's request to place his hands behind his back. As Harris continued to resist officers pushed him against a car hood trying to gain control of his arms and hands in order to place him in handcuffs.

At one point during the struggle, one of the officers removed the prong cartridge from his Tazer and "drive stunned" Harris in his side in order to get him into custody, which was accomplished.

However, during that time a 16-year-old male rushed the scene and the officer began to replace the cartridge back on the Tazer to deal with a possible oncoming threat when it deployed with one prong sticking into the ring finger of the officer and the second prong striking Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter in the head at a glancing blow, leaving a red mark still visible on Thursday.

Harris was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct with a court date of September 17 at 2:30. He was released on Wednesday on a $280 personal recognizance bond.  


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