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Man Dies After Altercation with Police
The Hamilton County Sheriff says deputies were acting according to department policy when they used a taser on a man who ultimately died.
59-year-old Gary Roell collapsed into unconsciousness when he was shocked and pronounced dead a short time later.
The Sheriff says Roell terrorized his neighbors early this morning at the Montgomery Towne townhomes in Sycamore Township. He says Roell trashed their landscaping and damaged the outside of their townhomes.
At 2:55 am, Roells next door neighbor called 9-1-1 to report that he was in her backyard and breaking her windows. When deputies responded, they found Roell in the neighbors yard naked from the waist down. When they tried to arrest him, Roell punched one of them and another fired the taser, hitting him in the backside.
On the surface, as the facts come in-like I said we are conducting an investigation-these are instances where you are justified in deploying a taser, said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.
Roells son, Gary, Jr., said his father suffered from a mental illness that he had controlled for nearly 30 years with medication. The younger Roell said in recent years, his father had often quit taking his medication. He says that situation had worsened in the last several weeks.
The man that was there last night in that scenario is not the father I know. Hes a person who succumbed to his mental illness. Hes a really good man when hes on his meds.
Roell said he holds no hard feelings toward the deputies who confronted his father.
I appreciate what they did to go there and try to help the family next door. Thats their job. Theres not anger from me or my family toward them. My condolences go out to them in dealing with a very difficult situation.
Sheriff Neil says the three deputies who responded to the scene are Joseph Huddleston, Matthew Alexander and Willy Dalid. The tasing death is being investigated by the Hamilton County Coroners office and the Sheriffs Internal Affairs Unit. None of the deputies have been suspended. Deputy Huddleston suffered minor injuries when Roell punched him.