A Pickens County, SC sheriff’s deputy was fired Wednesday, after an internal investigation determined his use of a Taser on a man in a wheelchair was excessive.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, in a statement released Friday, said three deputies from the PCSO were asked Feb. 20 to help the Pickens Police Department serve three outstanding warrants on Travis Antonio Mansell, 25, at 805 W. Lee St. in Pickens.
While they were attempting to get someone to the door of the home, they saw Travis Mansell through a window. When Lanie A. Davis, identified as Mansell’s girlfriend, answered the door, she told the officers he was not there.
Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said the decision was made to enter the residence to talk to Mansell,who told the officers he would not go back to jail and that they would “have to kill him.”
The officers attempted to verbally persuade Mansell to surrender while they waited for back up to arrive.
During that time, Parker Mansell Jr., 65, moved his motorized wheelchair between the deputies and his son, Travis Mansell, with the intent of blocking the deputies from him.
After talking to Travis Mansell for about 20 minutes, one of the deputies used his Taser device to momentarily incapacitate him so he could be restrained without the use of additional force.
Seconds later, Deputy Steven A. Ticknor deployed his Taser on Parker Mansell. The deputy said he felt he needed to use his Taser on the father to prevent him from injuring the deputies who were arresting his son.
The following morning, Sheriff Clark initiated an internal investigation and review into the deployment of the two Tasers. The findings of that internal investigation found that the use of the Taser on Travis Mansell was appropriate, given the circumstances.
The use of the taser on Parker Mansell however was determined to be ‘inappropriate’. Ticknor was terminated on Wednesday.
Clark said Friday afternoon he has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to conduct an external review of the incident and plans to turn over all documentation and evidence to them on Monday.