Sheriff: Man Who Died After Being Tasered Broke Warner Officer's Eye Bone First

Saturday, April 4th 2015, 6:52 pm
By: News On 6

A Warner man is dead after being tasered by police. The incident happened following a traffic incident before midnight Friday off Highway 64 near 158th Street in Muskogee County.

The man who died has been identified as 33-year-old David Cody Lynch. The identity of the officer who used the stun gun on him has yet to be released.

Since it is a Muskogee County case involving a Warner police officer, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to take over the case.

The Muskogee County sheriff said it started when the officer was called to the scene of a possible traffic accident on Highway 64 in Muskogee County. Lynch may have been doing donuts in the middle of the road, Pearson said.

When the officer got on scene, the sheriff said the two got into a fight, and Lynch got the upper hand and ended up breaking the officer's eye bone. That's when the officer pulled out his Taser and used it. After handcuffing Lynch, the officer said he realized he wasn't moving or breathing.

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"When something like this happens this is tragic to us, I would say most of us, 99 percent of us, are out here to make this a better place to live,” Pearson said. “He was going out there to lend aid and stand by until OHP got there. …For something like this to happen, you know it's hard on all if us, especially the officer that was there. "

This is the first time in Muskogee or Warner where a person has died after being tasered.

That officer is on is administrative leave while the case is being investigated.