Missouri trooper faults training handcuffed in drowning death

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A trooper who was at the helm of a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell overboard and drowned says he lacked training to handle the situation.

The Kansas City Star reports that Trooper Anthony Piercy cried Thursday during a Morgan County coroner’s inquest as he recalled what happened. Witnesses have said previously that Piercy placed Brandon Ellingson in a poorly fitting Type III, ski vest style of life jacket while transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

When Eillingson went into the water, the life jacket came off. Piercy says he thinks about what happened all the time.

Ellingson grew up around West Des Moines, Iowa, and had just finished his sophomore year at Arizona State University.