Warrants: Deputy shocked victim 17 times with taser

January 28, 2022 GMT

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina agents have arrested a Pickens County deputy who they say shocked someone 17 times with a Taser.

James William Trotter was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault and battery and two counts of misconduct in office, according to warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division.

The warrants do not give any additional details on whether the victim was in custody, wanted for a crime or trying to resist arrest. The warrants said the repeated shocks caused or could have caused “moderate bodily injury.”

The warrants mention Trotter was a police officer at the time but do not what his role was at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Trotter retired as a deputy a few weeks after the incident with records indicating at the time he was under an internal investigation for excessive use of force, according to state police records obtained by The Independent Mail of Anderson.

State agents said they investigated Trotter at the request of Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark.

The sheriff’s office also did not release any additional details about the incident.