Charges Will Not be Filed in Goodyear Worker's Death

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

No criminal charges will be filed in the death of a Goodyear worker, who passed away after being tased by Shawnee County Sheriff's deputies.

Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht released his report Tuesday on the March 29th death of 59-year old Walter Haake.

The report says Haake had suffered a head injury in a fall at his home the night before his death. It says Haake had been incoherent at work and fellow workers tried to deter him from driving when he left the plant. Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputies were called in when Haake refused to get out of his vehicle.

"Mre Haake physcially resisted removal, leaving the officers in the position of simply leaving him in the vehicle and letting the medical condition play out or using such force as may be required to remove him," Hecht wrote in the report.

The deputies chose to remove Haake by tazing him, then restraining him. The coroner ruled that an existing heart condition, combined with the compression to his chest when he was placed on the ground to be handcuffed, led to his death.

The DA's office will not take legal action. Hecht says evidence did not show deputies, AMR or Goodyear personnel acted recklessly.

Shawnee County Sheriff Richard Barta says he expected the findings in Hecht's report. He says he feels the deputies involved acted with good intentions in what was an "unfortunate situation."

Barta says policies have been examined in the wake of the incident. He says the coroner's report referred to the position in which Haake was placed when he was handcuffed, so he does plan training on handcuffing techniques.


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