City attorney: 2 officers involved in June taser death incident no longer employed at OPD

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 18:29:39-04

Two Omaha Police officers involved in June's in-custody death following several shocks with a taser are no longer OPD employees, according the city attorney.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer recommended officers Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty be removed from the force after a June 5 incident that resulted in the death of Zachary Bearheels of Oklahoma. Police say officers shocked Bearheels a dozen times with a taser and dragged him by the hair while responding to a disturbance call.

A coroner's physician report later indicated Bearheels suffered a "sudden death associated with excited delirium... physical struggle, physical restraint and a use of a taser."

According to family, Bearheels had suffered from mental health issues since grade school. His younger brother Mitchell Chelepah said Bearheels was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety.