12.19.2015

State Highway Patrol trooper was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while he was handcuffed




Source:    Missouri trooper charged in handcuffed Iowa man's drowning

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while he was handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Trooper Anthony Piercy arrested year old Brandon Ellingson, of suburban Des Moines for boating while intoxicated and was taking him to a patrol zone office. "Witnesses have said Piercy placed an already buckled life vest over Ellingson's head and didn't property secure it. Ellingson's life vest came off shortly after he went into the water, and Piercy eventually jumped into the water but was unable to save Ellingson. His body was recovered the next day from the lake bottom."

So... a 20 year old - just months from being able to drink 'legally' anyway and was not driving on the roads, but was enjoying a summer day with friends boating on the lake... arrested, a poorly trained trooper takes off in his boat, Brandon falls and the news says Piercy "eventually" jumped in the water...  eventually?   My condolences to this family.