Stranded Albany motorist Tased, dies at scene


James F. Plymell III, 45, died on Santiam Road at Denver Street, according to OSP


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An incident that began with an Albany Police Community Service Officer helping a stranded motorist ended with the motorist dying after being Tased, Albany police said in a release.

The officer stopped to help the motorist on Santiam Road at Denver Street around 8:20 a.m. and then asked for help from a patrol officer.

Authorities said the motorist — 45-year-old James F. Plymell III — got into a “physical altercation” with the officers when they tried to take him into custody. More backup police were called to the scene as the motorist continued fighting, officials said.

The intersection of Santiam Road and Denver Street in Albany, Oregon, as seen on Google Street View, October 23, 2019

The motorist went limp and unconscious after being Tased. Police immediately began CPR and used an AED. Paramedics from the Albany Fire Department arrived and continued CPR.

But Plymell died at the scene.

Four Albany Police Department officers — officers Emily Schroff, Gina Bell and Thomas Roten, as well as Community Service Officer Gerry Morris —were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident.

The Associated Press reports Devin Russell, who works at the Battery X-Change car battery store next to the scene, said the man was apparently in his car when he was tased with four officers present.

Russell said he thought police used more force than was necessary.

The Oregon State Police are now leading the investigation into this deadly force incident. The Linn County Major Crimes Team also rushed to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or who may have been with Plymell in the past 2 days is asked to call OSP Major Crimes Detective Casi Hegney at 503.375.3555.

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