DES MOINES, Iowa — A Missouri prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges against a Missouri state trooper in connection with the drowning of a Clive man Last May.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks after being handcuffed and taken into custody for allegedly boating while intoxicated. Witnesses say his life jacket wasn’t put on him properly and it came off Ellingson when he slipped or fell out of Trooper Anthony Piercy’s boat.
During a coroner’s inquest last week, Piercy testified he wasn’t trained on how to use life jackets. The jury decided the drowning was accidental, which is one of the reasons Special Prosecutor Amanda Grellner says she will not file criminal charges.
Colonel Ronald K. Replogle, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, released a statement Monday saying “As with any critical event, I wanted to personally assure the public the Patrol will continue the review of all procedures related to this incident. Again, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the Ellingson family for the tragedy they have endured with the loss of their son.”