COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - A Coweta District Attorney Office has issued a ruling that they will not prosecute sheriff’s deputies who stunned a Florida man to death last year.
In a press release, Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Peter J. Skandalakis said “The death of Mr. Chase Sherman, while tragic in nature, is not a criminal matter and, therefore, will not be prosecuted further under the state law.”
On November 20, 32-year-old Chase Sherman had what family members say was a violent reaction to synthetic marijuana.
Sherman's mother called 911 as they traveled on Interstate 85 from the Atlanta airport to their home in Destin, Florida. She said her son was "freaking out" and had taken a synthetic drug known as spice.
Video from Coweta County sheriff's deputies' body cameras shows the deputies struggling with Sherman, shocking him at least two times with a stun gun, in the back of an SUV until he's still and they later realize he's not breathing. Sherman was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Sherman’s family had asked for a federal investigation into his death, citing their belief that Sherman was murdered.