Armed, drunk man treated to Taser zaps
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SUMMIT COUNTY – One man’s wild night with booze, guns and broken property ended behind bars after a tussle – which involved about five doses of Taser – with a deputy.
A sheriff’s deputy responded recently to a disturbance in progress at a local apartment complex to find an apparently intoxicated 34-year-old man. The deputy arrived on the scene with a local security guard and soon observed a 6 inch hole in the hallway near the man’s room, according to a report from Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The door “had considerable new damage that looked like someone had beaten upon (it) with the bottom of a beer bottle,” according to the report.
The deputy knocked on the door and a voice said, “Come in.”
The occupant had to unlock the door, and he resisted a bit before letting the deputy step inside.
The deputy immediately noticed an SKS assault rifle and two other rifles in plain sight in the guy’s bedroom. When the deputy asked the man if he had any guns, the man’s “facial expression changed to a look of anger, and he immediately tried to close his door, crushing me between the door and the door jam,” according to the deputy in the report.
After telling the man to stop, the deputy pushed him in his chest. The man grabbed the deputy’s hand with both of his hands, tightening his grip.
Again the deputy told the man to stop – before firing a Taser into his abdomen. But only one of the Taser probes stuck, and the man was not subdued.
The man leaned forward with his weight on the deputy’s back.
The deputy dropped to his right knee and used a “drive stun” technique, pressing the Taser to the man’s outer thigh. The drive stun immobilized the man, who ended up on the ground with his hands under his body.
The deputy ordered the man to put his hands behind his back, but he refused. The man refused twice, and the drive-stun method was used again.
He was drive-stunned a third time after again refusing twice to put his hands behind his back.
“(The man) began to struggle, kicking his legs, I issued another drive stun to (the man’s) right leg,” according to the report.
The man said he’d had enough and would comply. He was placed in handcuffs. The deputy reported the Taser incidents to dispatch and requested medical help.
The security guard entered the apartment and found another occupant unconscious in a bedroom.
The man who got stunned was clearly intoxicated, and marijuana and alcohol paraphernalia were “strewn about the living room” of the apartment, according to the report.
The deputy saw about 12 live ammunition rounds on the living room couch and kitchen floor.
The stunned man’s bedroom window had recently been broken, with glass fragments outside on the ground. A black-powder and assault rifle were on the bed next to the window. A 9 millimeter handgun was locked in a safe on the bedroom floor.
The stunned man said he’d been drinking all day and was having a party.
“He (said he) was sorry for ‘fighting,’ but he was scared because he wasn’t supposed to have guns in his apartment and ‘freaked out,'” according to the report, which added the man said he did not intend to hurt anyone.
Asked who owned the rifles in the bedroom, the man said, “They’re mine, I was just cleaning them.”
Asked about the damage to the wall, door and window, the man said he’d had a party earlier in the night but “doesn’t know who was there or where the people went,” according to the report.
The man said he had no idea how the damage had occurred to his apartment, but he later said he would take responsibility.
The man’s breath alcohol reading was reported at 0.170.
The property manager estimated $775 worth of damages had occurred.
The man was booked on charges of criminal mischief less than $1,000, prohibited use of a weapon for having several firearms in possession and control while intoxicated, obstruction of a peace officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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