Lake City man tasered by deputy dies after arrest

Lake City, Fla. -- A Lake City man who authorities say resisted arrest after threatening to kill a deputy died after the deputy used his taser.

Timothy Shad Griffis, 35, died at a local hospital Sunday evening after the deputy and paramedics administered CPR when Griffis had difficulty breathing.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says it started when a 91 year-old woman called 911 to report a man in her yard and felt threatened after he threw a metal pipe at her. When Deputy Bradley Carpenter arrived he reported that Griffis threatened to kill him and would not obey commands. The deputy also told investigators that Griffin made an aggressive movement toward him.

Griffis, according to friends, had the nick name of "Concrete" because he worked with cement and was in very good shape.

"He was a young guy, so hard to believe he had gotten tased," said Sophia Siver who lived on the same street as Griffis.

Griffis was no stranger to law enforcement. He was arrested eight times in recent years, with the most recent arrest this past spring for aggravated assault with a weapon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation.


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