A 35-year-old man died in the custody of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Sunday after being shocked by a deputy's Taser.


Timothy Shad Griffis was in handcuffs when he began having difficulty breathing then stopped, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Bradley Carpenter and rescue workers attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation but were unsuccessful.

Carpenter found Griffis in the backyard shed of a 91-year-old Lake City woman who reported a suspicious man in her yard in the first block of Southwest Jamie Glen about 6:15 p.m. When she told the man to leave, he threw a pipe at her, investigators said.

When Carpenter arrived, Griffis acted aggressively and would not come out of the shed. He threatened to kill Carpenter, who said he would use the Taser if Griffis did not comply.

Griffis became aggressive and was shocked by the deputy and handcuffed.

Griffis then began having difficulty breathing.

Rescue workers took Griffis to a hospital where he died.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the investigation into the case.

Dana Treen (904) 359-4091