Kirklin Woolridge (6044)



May 18, 20112011Kirklin Woolridge29MaleAfrican-American/BlackMayAmes Boulevard and South Judah Drive, Marrero, Jefferson, LAMarreroLouisiana70072Jefferson, LALouisiana State PoliceTaseredKirklin Woolridge died roughly four hours after State Police used a Taser on him during a traffic stop during which police said he pulled a gun. An attorney for Woolridge's family expressed doubt about the official account, which said the 5-foot-3 Woolridge was intoxicated and fighting multiple state troopers. The attorney also said that witnesses said that they did not see Woolridge pull a gun. A trooper reportedly stopped Woolridge's 2010 Dodge Charger near Ames Boulevard and South Judah Drive at about 1:55 a.m. for improper lane use. Officials said the trooper suspected Woolridge was impaired, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Woolridge complied, but failed a field sobriety test. The trooper told Woolridge he was under arrest for driving while intoxicated, and Tased Woolridge when he allegedly became combative while the trooper was trying to handcuff him. Woolridge reportedly continued to fight when several other troopers arrived. According to police, Woolridge then removed a 9mm Ruger handgun from his waistband, but was not able to fire any shots before police got him under control. Woolridge was reportedly examined at the scene by paramedics and cleared to be taken to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Woolridge was taken to a holding cell to wait for processing. At about 6 a.m., a deputy reported seeing Woolridge experiencing some sort of medical emergency, and came into the holding cell to assist, said Sgt. Larry Dyess, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. Woolridge was taken by ambulance to West Jefferson, where he died shortly after arrival.Unreportedhttp://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/05/post_274.htmlUnknownCRDeCeros6044Complete

5/18/2011: Kirklin Woolridge died roughly four hours after State Police used a Taser on him during a traffic stop during which police said he pulled a gun. An attorney for Woolridge's family expressed doubt about the official account, which said the 5-foot-3 Woolridge was intoxicated and fighting multiple state troopers. The attorney also said that witnesses said that they did not see Woolridge pull a gun. A trooper reportedly stopped Woolridge's 2010 Dodge Charger near Ames Boulevard and South Judah Drive at about 1:55 a.m. for improper lane use. Officials said the trooper suspected Woolridge was impaired, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Woolridge complied, but failed a field sobriety test. The trooper told Woolridge he was under arrest for driving while intoxicated, and Tased Woolridge when he allegedly became combative while the trooper was trying to handcuff him. Woolridge reportedly continued to fight when several other troopers arrived. According to police, Woolridge then removed a 9mm Ruger handgun from his waistband, but was not able to fire any shots before police got him under control. Woolridge was reportedly examined at the scene by paramedics and cleared to be taken to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Woolridge was taken to a holding cell to wait for processing. At about 6 a.m., a deputy reported seeing Woolridge experiencing some sort of medical emergency, and came into the holding cell to assist, said Sgt. Larry Dyess, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. Woolridge was taken by ambulance to West Jefferson, where he died shortly after arrival. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/05/post_274.html

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