Police identify man killed in police tasing incident in Albany

One person is dead after an Albany police officer used a Taser during a struggle with a stranded driver Wednesday morning.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 12:18 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 3:01 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – One person is dead after an Albany police officer used a Taser during a struggle with a stranded driver Wednesday morning.

The man was James Plymell III, 45, of Albany.

Per standard protocol the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Those officers are identified as officers Emily Schroff, Gina Bell, Thomas Roten and community service officer Gerry Morris, all of the Albany Police Department.

Earlier, police said a community service officer contacted the driver on Santiam Road at Denver Street at about 8:20 a.m. The officer requested non-emergency help from a patrol officer, who arrived on scene. During the interaction, officers attempted to take Plymell into custody. 

Then, they said the driver assaulted the community service officer during a physical altercation.

Additional patrol officers were called for as Plymell continued to fight with the officers, police said.

After an officer used a Taser on Plymell, he went limp and became unconscious, they said. Officers used cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED), but Plymell died at the scene.

Pete Yeager, who works at an auto body shop right next to where the incident happened, said he witnessed the whole scene.

"She runs up and says, 'Don't resist, don't resist, stop resisting, I'm gonna tase you.' And they're still wrestling around, so she reached her hand over the door, and you see the other officers step back a bit to get out of the way of the Taser, 'cause she's obviously gonna tase him. And she tased him twice," Yeager said. 

Police secured the scene and notified the Linn County Major Crimes Team. The incident is being treated as a deady-force incident.  Oregon State Police are leading the investigation.

"She tased him, and then all I could see of him was his shoulders and head. When he was tased, you seen him get real stiff and then slide down the seat, and when they were tasing him, he was yelling, he yelled twice, 'You're killing me, you're killing me,'" Yeager said. 

Anyone with information should contact Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detective Cassi Hegney at 503-375-3555.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 3967

Reported Deaths: 148
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah105258
Marion91425
Washington69817
Clackamas29610
Deschutes1200
Linn1159
Umatilla1123
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill667
Jackson600
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Douglas250
Jefferson240
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 79°
Corvallis
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 80°
Roseburg
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 85°
North Bend
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 65°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events