A fight between two brothers led to a Sulphur Springs man being hit with a Taser and a window and door frame on a police patrol car sustaining some $500 in damage.
Police were called Sunday night to a Hinnant Street address, where a disagreement about family matters between two brothers led to an argument. When officers Lonnie Taylor and Gina Gainer arrived, a third officer, Jason Ames, was already trying to take a 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man into custody. The man was in the street, yelling, and several other men were holding back the man, who wouldn’t comply with orders from Ames to put his hands behind his back. Ames already was pointing a Taser at the man’s chest, but the man continued to refuse to comply with orders from police.
He changed his mind, however, when Taylor told Ames, “Use the Taser.” When the man heard the order, he turned around with his hands behind his back.
The man was put in Taylor’s patrol car, but began screaming, using a lot of profanity and becoming increasingly aggressive, reports state.
Taylor, believing the man would cause damage to the patrol car, walked back to the vehicle to “quickly transport” the man to the county jail. But the subject in custody began kicking the rear passenger window, “bending the door frame causing, the window and frame to stick out.”
“At that time I opened the rear passenger door and deployed the Taser one time,” Taylor wrote in his report, hitting the man in the upper torso, chest and lower abdomen. “After the Taser was deployed (the suspect) still displayed a violent behavior.”
The man, Taser probes still intact, was taken to the county jail. There, he was taken into a violent cell, where he “remained belligerent and unpredictable, as (the suspect) told me to fight him man to man,” Taylor wrote in his report on the incident.
The 25-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct for his actions in the street and for criminal mischief for his actions in the patrol car. Damage to the police vehicle was estimated at $500.
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