March 28, 2008

Mom Mourns Son After Taser Incident

Updated: 03/21/2008 04:56 PM
By: Brad Broders

CHARLOTTE -- There are new details in the death of a 17-year old who was Tased on Thursday by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and later died.

Darryl Turner passed away after being involved in an altercation inside a Food Lion in northeast Charlotte. There are now multiple investigations in to the case, including one from the boy’s mother, who has already hired an attorney.

"It felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest when I found out,” said Tammy Fontenot, Turner’s mother. "I just want the truth to come out, that's what I’m concerned with -- the truth."

Police are investigating what happened when Turner was Tased during the altercation. According to a CMPD statement, an officer deployed the Taser when Turner refused verbal commands and moved toward police.

On Friday, Turner’s friends and family visited Fontenot to help her through her grief.

"They're my angels,” she said of her son’s friends. “They're sad, but it actually kind of helps me to get my mind off the thought of what happened to my son."

Turner graduated first in his class at Crossroads Charter High School. He wished to be a personal trainer.

“Anything that that young man set his mind to do, he would do it,” Fontenot said. “He just had that way about him, that … success would come to him."

Fontenot hired Charlotte attorney Ken Harris, who is conducting his own investigation to find out if there are any discrepancies with the police findings.

The officer who deployed the Taser is on administrative leave, which police said is standard procedure.

Turner will be buried at Crown Memorial Park in Pineville.

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