2017-07-19 / News

Whitesburg man charged after Tennessee incident

A Whitesburg man is free on bond after he allegedly had to be “Tased” during a confrontation with police in Kingsport, Tenn.

David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was charged at 5:07 p.m. July 15 with resisting arrest and indecent exposure after an alleged incident in the restroom of the Belk’s Department Store in the Fort Henry Mall. He was released from Kingsport City Jail at about 3 p.m. July 16 after posting a $2,250 bond.

Narramore, a Whitesburg dentist, is chairman of the Letcher County Republican Party and a member of the Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission. Judge/Executive Jim Ward said Tuesday that Narramore, the commission’s former chairman, was in the process of being replaced and, “He definitely will be now.”

According to police, Narramore, who is also a former president of the Kentucky State Board of Dentistry, is accused of going into the restroom in the Belk’s Department Store and rubbing his foot against the foot of the man in the next stall, then exposing himself to the man, who turned out to be 27-year-old Christopher Peters, a loss-prevention employee of Belk’s. According to a police report, Peters detained Narramore and took him to the loss-prevention office and called police.

When police arrived, they say Narramore told them the Belk’s employee “entrapped” him by touching his foot. Because of the nature of the charge and the fact that Narramore is from outside the state, police said, officer Nicholas Waddill told Narramore he was being arrested and ordered him to stand and put his hands behind him.

According to the police report, Narramore “tensed up” and Waddill grabbed his right arm to turn him around and Narramore “continued to passively resist.” After Waddill pushed him against a wall, a female officer identified only as Officer Hughes grabbed Narramore’s left arm, and he pulled away from Waddill, the report says. The report says Hughes then backed away and told Narramore she was going to use her Taser, and ordered him to put his hands behind him. The report says he again refused and started toward Hughes, who then fired her Taser at his chest. The report says the Taser appeared to have no effect, and Narramore “continued to posture in a fighting stance.”

Waddill wrote in his response that he hit Narramore across the left cheek with his fist, and then he, Hughes and Peters “wrestled on the ground with Narramore.” “During the altercation, Officer Hughes attempted to dry (sic) stun Narramore approximately five times,” Waddill wrote. “I placed my elbow on Narramore’s right jaw and Peters placed handcuffs on Narramore.”

Another officer also arrived to assist, and after he took Narramore to the police car, Narramore told him he was having chest pain, the report says. That officer requested an ambulance but Narramore refused treatment after being evaluated by the Emergency Medical Techician, the report says.

Tasers work by firing two sharp, barbed darts connected by wires to a battery into a person’s body disrupting electrical signals in the body that control muscle movement. Normally, that makes the muscles contract as they do when cramping, however the closer the darts are together when they strike their target, the less effect the Taser has. They also have less effect on subjects wearing thick or loose fitting clothing. Fired at too close a range, a Taser often causes pain without “electro-muscular disruption.” A drive stun is when the Taser electrodes are placed directly against the body. It is used for “pain compliance,” and does not cause electro-muscular disruption.

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