Kenly police officer faces involuntary manslaughter charge in Tasing incident

KENLY, N.C. (WNCN) – A Kenly police officer was indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge Tuesday after officials said he used a stun gun on a man who late died.

In March, Kenly police said Alex Thompson, 37, led officers on a multi-county high speed chase that ended near the intersection of Country Store Road and U.S. Highway 70.

“If anybody’s got stop sticks, we’re cruising at about 100 right now, I’m about to back off,” Officer Jesse Craig Santifort said in radio traffic during the chase.

Thompson then got out of his truck and refused to listen to the commands of Santifort.

Police said Santifort Tased Thompson after he ran towards police.

”I have Tased him,” Santifort said. “A little electrified at the moment but I think we’ve come to an understanding.”

Thompson was taken to a hospital where he died three days later.

Santifort was later cleared by an internal investigation.

But an SBI investigation that concluded in May led the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office to a different conclusion.

District Attorney Susan Doyle said she cannot comment on what evidence led to Santifort being charged.

She only referenced the indictment that says Santifort quote “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did kill and slay” Alex Thompson.

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