By Jeff Shultz
A Garvin County man was electrocuted last week after he allegedly was attempting to steal copper from an electric transformer southeast of Lindsay.
According to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, 40-year old Shad Mills, Lindsay, died last Friday, February 25, of the injuries he suffered in the incident early Tuesday morning, February 22.
“What we believe happened was that Mr. Mills had pulled down a transformer from a Rural Electric Cooperative pole in an attempt to take the copper wiring from the transformer,” Rhodes said.
Mills, according to Rhodes, had somehow tripped and fell into the live electric lines on the ground.
“He was able to call for help by dialing ‘0’ on his cell phone,” Rhodes said.
Mills was medi-flighted to the Integris Burn Center in Oklahoma City. Rhodes said emergency personnel on the flight later told him that Mills was very lucid and was talking to the EMTs on the flight.
“Right now we haven’t uncovered any evidence that someone was with him at the time of the accident,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said REC personnel told him the copper in the transformer was worth about $160.
“We’re seeing a lot of copper thefts lately in the county,” Rhodes said. “We want to encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious in nature, especially where copper is stored, to call our office immediately.”