Oklahoma Mom Angry Deputies Tased Epileptic Son


Friday, February 25th 2011, 10:01 pm
By: News 9


Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

SULPHUR, Oklahoma -- Heather Roberts Ray said deputies did not need to use a taser gun on her son during an incident earlier this week.

Ray said her son, 19-year-old Bobby Lee Summerlin, was tased in the back of the head and had an instant seizure. Summerlin's face hit the pavement, causing three facial fractures.

"There was no reason to use the taser, especially since he's epileptic," said Ray. "He was not acting in a combative or violent manner. He was just getting me something from the store."

Summerlin was with his girlfriend getting some coffee filters at the corner store when deputies approached him. Murray County Sheriff Darin Rogers said his deputies were justified in using the taser on Summerlin, because Summerlin tried to run away from officers and kept putting his hands in his pocket.

"We don't know if he was reaching for a gun or something else," Sheriff Rogers said.

Summerlin had prior drug convictions on his record, but nothing else.

"He's had trouble with drugs, but he is not a violent guy. He's passive," Ray said.