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Friday, October 19, 2012

Video--PA State Police & Taser Manufacturer Sued In Former Austin Man's Death


Troy R. Hooftallen, 36, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Austin, PA, and son of Roulette resident, Perry Hooftallen, died two years ago today subsequent to the incident on Charley Hill Lane in Gaskill Township near Punxsutawney, PA. 

Troy's obituary as it was published in 2010 is posted below.

Troy R. Hooftallen, 36, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Austin, PA, died Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Allegheny General Hospital.

Born July 6, 1974 at Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport, PA. He is the son of Barbara J. Wingard of Punxsutawney, and Perry E. Hooftallen and wife Sue of Roulette. His maternal grandparents are Earl and Veronica May of Sagamore.

Troy previously worked as the assistant manager at Price Chopper in Scranton.

He was an avid Denver Broncos fan, enjoyed playing basketball, softball, lifting weights and being outdoors.

In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers, Terry Hooftallen and wife Rhoda of Austin, and Tim Hooftallen of Punxsutawney, one sister, Betty Hooftallen of Roulette. Lifetime companion, Kimberly Hall, and her children Joshua, Jacob, Marissa and Melissa of Punxsutawney. Niece, Madison Hooftallen, nephews, Dawson and Matthew Hooftallen. Several aunts, uncles and cousins.

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

You don't want to know the statistics behind your odds of being killed by a police officer.

Anyone with a brain avoids them at all costs.

Because if you do become an unfortunate statistic like this young man... they won't even investigate, even if the killing the cop did was wrong. They'll tell you they will, and that is where it stops.

They all cover up for each other and a murder charge for a cop comes with a 2 week paid vacation as punishment.

Anonymous said...

That dosent surprise me that the Cops did this at all. Ask Billy wentzel about using tasers when they are not needed. Also ask Couderspoort Police dept. What there definition of a stand off is. Also ask about smashing peoples heads open. The cops over due it all the time and the local DA and other County elected officals cover it up. Then we wonder why this sort of thing happens. I hope you sue the hell out of them. It wont be long until Potter County gets a law suit if they keep letting the boys have fun

Anonymous said...

brave cops, again they are armed to the teeth and still have to cuff and shackle a SUSPECT so they can be billy bad ass on em.They wonder why the taxpayers who pay their salaries have zero respect for their spoiled ass's.

Anonymous said...

Hope you find justice for Troy. He was a good kid. R.I.P. Troy.

Anonymous said...

I imagine there is more to the story. Either way, maybe some of these posters should strap on a gun and swear to lay down your life for your community. I don't imagine there would be many volunteers. Especially with the mentality of the community that I see on this blog.
My sympathy goes out to the family.

Anonymous said...

I too, don't think you will get anywhere with this law suite, although I hope you do. I have to agree with the first post. Gotta be more to this, cause this young man wouldn't hurt a fly, ever. I am wondering though why it took two years to come about, to file a law suite? Good luck to you, & R.I.P. Troy.

Anonymous said...

The problem with thte cop is as soon as they get a badge there head gets big. They also have trouble telling the difference between NY city and rural PA. All these cops need retrained in restraining themselves and taking a look at the big pic instead of a crime at every scene. Pray this family finds peace and gets some answers.

Anonymous said...

50,000 volts of electricity and people believe they are safe. Especially in the hands of a trigger happy "high on adrenaline" damn cop. This is America now. Land of the free...Remember when the cops were there to protect and serve? Now it seems its a contest of who can get away with the most.

Anonymous said...

In a community full of the same mentality? Folks that were willing to do the same for me? Yes. Yes I would. Cops putting their life on the line for me? Nah. "Stop resisting!!!!!" "Whoops, sorry for killin ya"

Anonymous said...

This is such a sad story..I cant believe that they had to tazer this guy after they already handcuffed and shackled him!!!!!!!
if two cops cant control 1 guy ,when his hands and feet are tied,then they should not be cops! hope their happy with what they did! I will definitely follow this storied

Anonymous said...

I left my home town in Potter County 30 yrs ago. I came "Home" to retire and possabley open a business. I was asshamed at the attudes of the cops and their tactics that had seen. I am ashamed to call that area "My home Town" All I had to do is go into the local Dinner to lisen to the conversation of the locals Table to see the area is not the nice little town it was when I grew up their. Shame on the locals for talerating it. I no sooner would invest in nthat town then retire there. Its ashame That area has such natural beuity. Then I heard the stories so said. I hear the cops are a little heavvey handed for minor infractions in the area. I also heard an officer publicly shareing info thay may not have been proper to share in a public format. This mans death does not surprise me jugging from what I witnessed. Gods love be with the family

Anonymous said...

# 10:39: My guess is; sometimes an autopsy will take six - eight months when waiting for all the tests & stuff that has to be done; complete investigation & getting expertise personel; is better than a hurry-up job & getting to court as fast as you can.

# 2:03: Mr. Hooftallen was born in the area--- but this happened in Jefferson Co. where he resided for the last few years.

Anonymous said...

The dump that Austin has become is not the topice here. Troy was a good kid that became a good man may he rest in peace. My heart go's out to his family.