Sheriff investigates Ferndale officer’s use of force after suspect falls 15 feet

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 10, 2018

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale officer’s use of force July 10 is being investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office after a man who allegedly invaded the home of a resident was shocked with a Taser, which led to a 15-foot fall.

According to a Ferndale Police Department press release, a resident alerted authorities on Tuesday, July 10, that a 44-year-old Sterling Heights man had entered her home, located in the 100 block of Spencer Street. This occurred at around 11:30 a.m., Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown confirmed in a text message.

The woman fled her home and called Ferndale police at a nearby business. The woman had obtained a personal protection order against the Sterling Heights man due to previous domestic violence incidents, the press release states.

“Officers were immediately dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, they witnessed the man run westbound across Woodward Avenue and then southbound on Woodward toward Eight Mile,” the release says. “Following a brief foot chase, officers reached the man, who had climbed over the guardrail along the Eight Mile Service Drive just west of Woodward. After a brief struggle — during which an officer’s department-issued Taser was deployed — the suspect fell approximately 15 feet to the concrete below. He sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the fall and was transported to a local hospital.”

The investigation into the officer’s use of force was turned over to the OCSO, including all evidence, witness statements and body camera footage. The PPO violation and home invasion investigations will remain with the Ferndale Police Department.

Other than the press release, Brown said in a text that there will be no other comments made until the Sheriff's Office has finished its investigation.