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23 January 2018

UPDATE: John Havener Killed After Being Tasered By Police In Oneida On Route 5

Taser Death: John Havener Killed After Being Tasered By Police In Oneida On Route 5

John Havener Died After Being Tasered Multiple Times On Route 5 In Oneida; Investigation Into Death of Unarmed Victim Remains Ongoing

ONEIDA, NEW YORK (January 22, 2018) – An unarmed man was tragically killed by police officers after being tasered multiple times on Route 5.

Oneida police have been able to identify the man that died after being shot with a taser as John Havener.

John Havener was unarmed at the time he was attacked by Oneida police officers.

Authorities received a call about a man that was standing in the streets and shouting at other drivers.

Police officers attempted to talk to John Havener, but later deployed their tasers.

The victim proceeded to travel down Route 5 and was then hit with another round of police tasers.

It was at this point that John Havener was handcuffed in a parking lot near Arby’s. The victim began having trouble breathing and was taken to Oneida Health Care where he was later pronounced dead.

The Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating this death in order to determine if the officers involved committed a crime.


Police officers are not allowed to use excessive force, especially when a suspect has already been restrained. When a police officer injures of kills someone after they’ve use excessive force, they may be held liable. Unfortunately, police officers occasionally shock a person multiple times even after they’ve been restrained. This may lead to cardiac arrest or even death. Any person that is injured after being electrocuted by a police taser may have a right to file a claim for damages.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the fatal police shooting incident that killed John Havener. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family as they cope with such an incredible loss. Anyone that may have scene what happened should contact investigators as they work to determine liability. Steps need to be taken to help prevent these types of fatal encounters in the future.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed by a police taser, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.