Pregnant Woman Dies After Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy Deploys Taser

**North Charleston, S.C.** – A 28-year-old North Charleston woman who was about 8 months pregnant died just hours after a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser on her during a struggle following a traffic stop, according to authorities.

Shaniqua Handy was pulled over for a routine traffic violation around 7 p.m. Wednesday on Rivers Avenue near Interstate 26, North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said at a news conference Thursday.

A deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, identified as Deputy Andrew Savage, initiated the traffic stop after noticing Handy’s vehicle had a non-functioning tag light, Burgess said.

Handy initially stopped her vehicle, but when Savage approached the driver’s side, she drove off, Burgess said. A short pursuit ensued, and Handy eventually stopped her vehicle again.

Savage exited his patrol vehicle and approached Handy’s vehicle again, Burgess said. A struggle ensued, and Savage deployed his Taser, striking Handy, who was unarmed, according to a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Handy was transported to a hospital, where she died shortly after 10 p.m., Burgess said. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide, saying she died from .

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