Officers Identified in Fatal Tasing Incident

Officers Identified in Fatal Tasing Incident


The two Greenfield Police Department officers that were involved in the incident Friday evening in which 48-year old Douglas A. Wiggington died are Sergeant Rodney Vawter, a 13-year veteran and 4-year veteran Patrolman Dillon Silver. 

At the request of the Greenfield Police Department the Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an Indianapolis man that involved Greenfield officers earlier tonight. 

As part of the department’s protocol the state police was called in to complete the investigation.  Detectives from the Indianapolis Post are currently on scene interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. 

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday evening officers with the Greenfield Police Department responded to a call of an intoxicated man lying in the grass near 826 South State Street in Greenfield. 

Two Greenfield officer’s arrived and located the individual who quickly became combative. 

The man was shot with a Taser or conducted electrical weapon (CEW) by police and subdued. 

Officer immediately noticed that the man was having medical problems and administered Narcan (naloxone) and then started CPR.    

Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and transported the subject to Hancock Regional Hospital where he later died. 

The man has been identified as 48-year old Douglas A. Wiggington of Indianapolis. 

As part of normal procedure the two officers have been placed on administrative duty, commented Greenfield Chief of Police Jeff Rasche.  The names of the two officers involved in the incident will be released Sunday by the state police.  

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday morning in Greenfield. 

No other information is available at this time.  New information will be released as it becomes available.