Former jailers charged with assault in inmate death

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - December 15, 2017 12:46 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two former jailers for Oklahoma County have been charged with assault following an investigation into the death of an inmate who was repeatedly shot by pepper balls.

The Oklahoman reports that 26-year-old Colton Ray and 33-year-old Brian Harrison were charged Thursday with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both were charged in connection to the April 19 death of 40-year-old Charlton Chrisman.

An autopsy report shows Chrisman died from “agitated delirium due to acute methamphetamine intoxication.” It notes the “multiple pepper ball injuries” as a factor in the death.

Court records say that Ray and Harrison told authorities they shot Chrisman at close range.

Court records show Chrisman was arrested the day before after crashing his vehicle in the emergency room waiting area of an Oklahoma City hospital.


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