Jailer fired over Taser

Published 9:25 am Monday, March 24, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
An Escambia County Detention Center employee was fired and charged with third-degree assault Thursday after a co-worker reported being shot with a Taser device inside the facility.
John Moncrease, a supervisor in the corrections department at the facility, allegedly fired a Taser device at Sudan Nelson Wednesday evening while the two worked a regular shift at the jail, Chief Deputy John Gleaton confirmed.
Gleaton said both employees have more than four years of service at the Escambia County Detention Center.
Nelson said the incident arose after he failed to answer a question Moncrease asked him while on duty.
The Taser device discharged and hit the victim in the right leg and thigh area, Gleaton said.
Nelson said the attack by Moncrease continued after he refused to sign paperwork written concerning the CDs.
Gleaton said the sheriff's department does not tolerate force among employees.
Nelson said may pursue other recourse against Moncrease concerning the incident. “What he did to me was wrong,” Nelson said. “I'll do what I have to do.”