Hours after struggle with police, man dies while in custody

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Posted on May 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Updated Thursday, May 19 at 10:29 AM

From Staff Reports

MARRERO, La. ― A man who State Police Tased during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning died after being taken to the Jefferson Parish jail, authorities said.

Nearly four hours after being arrested, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Officers said they observed Kirklin Woolridge, 29, experiencing some sort of medical issue at their prison. An ambulance was called and, after being taken to West Jefferson Hospital, he was pronounced dead.

“We have a lot of questions,” Woolridge’s attorney Davidson Ehle said. “Kirklin was a father of five in good health. I just saw him Monday and he was perfectly fine. Now today we find out he’s gone after a traffic stop. We’re going to find out what happened that shouldn’t have happened.”

According to State Police, Woolridge was pulled over at 1:55 a.m. at the intersection of Ames Boulevard and Judah Street for improper lane usage.

The officer issued a field sobriety test, which state police said Woolridge failed. As the officer attempted to handcuff him, Woolridge began resisting arrest, at which point he was hit with a Taser.

Still, Woolridge resisted, state police said, eventually pulling a 9mm Luger handgun.

EMS eventually checked out Woolridge once officers got him under control and gave him clearance to be taken to the correctional facility, where he later died.

Woolridge was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and DWI with child endangerment.

Another man, Ronald Nixon, 33, a passenger in the car, was arrested for convicted felon with a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession with the intent to distribute narcotics.

Family members said Woolridge’s 3-year-old son was in the backseat of the 2010 Dodge Charge when he was pulled over.

Family members were instructed by Ehle to not speak with media.
 

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