Cop Watch

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Inmate, 33, hit by stun gun is dead

An inmate at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center who the Sheriff's Office said was erratic and violent, died early Friday morning after a night in which he was placed in a restraining chair and stunned by a Taser gun at least twice.

Lawrence "Tootie" Berry, 33, of Gretna, was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. at West Jefferson Medical Center on Friday. The cause of death is undetermined, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Sheriff Harry Lee said.