Man stunned with Taser on Ninth Street after resisting arrest

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 12:26 p.m. CST; updated 12:50 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — Police stunned a man with a Taser on Tuesday morning after he was uncooperative at a downtown Subway restaurant, Columbia police Sgt. Will Green said.

Police subdued the man after they struggled to handcuff him, Green said. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to University Hospital after police stunned him.  

Green said Columbia police responded to a call for trespassing at 8:12 a.m. at Starbucks near the intersection of Ninth and Elm streets.

The man left Starbucks, and police found him shortly before 9 a.m. at Subway two blocks north, at Ninth and Cherry streets, Green said. The police were trying to make contact with the man, Green said, but he balled up his fists and repeatedly reached into his pockets.

The police attempted to arrest him but couldn’t amid the scuffle, Green said. The police told the man if he didn’t stop, they would use a Taser on him, which they eventually did.

Subway employees told Green the man resisting arrest was acting “strange,” though Green could not say exactly how he was acting strange or whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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ShaNeyNe Smith-Wesson November 16, 2010 | 3:07 p.m.
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Louis Schneebaum November 16, 2010 | 5:34 p.m.

Another example of something that could have been handled w/o a tazer, thus not threatening a man's life over a trifling matter.

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Cora Mason November 16, 2010 | 8:04 p.m.

This is a much better report than in the Trib. The Trib's headline leads us to believe they tased him for being uncooperative, and the article did not contain as much detail either. Great job, Missourian.

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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 6:27 p.m.

That Starbucks coffee will really mess you up if you're not used to it. :)

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Herman Montague Engel November 17, 2010 | 7:00 p.m.

Where the heck is everyone, it IS a taser story for crying out loud?!

I wonder if the coffee warmed up again from the taser...

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher November 17, 2010 | 7:14 p.m.

They are still at the Trib till the 30th. Just wait, they will come.

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Cora Mason November 17, 2010 | 7:45 p.m.

A few are already popping in on little recon missions, getting the lay of the land. Posting on the Trib has made me a little wary cuz you never know who will take offense at the most innocent or neutral comment and come back with a scathing personal attack. So far, I really like what I have seen here, and my guard is starting to creep down a little. Can anyone who has been around for a while tell me if that is a mistake?

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Clarence Botticker November 17, 2010 | 8:15 p.m.

A little compliance goes a long way.

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Yves Montclear November 17, 2010 | 10:00 p.m.

It sounds like the guy just wanted a cup of coffee, or a morning muffin. Just wasn't able to communicate that very well.

I guess he got a 'Jolt' instead!

Hopefully there will be followup on this, mugshot, and choice of drug 'the man' was upon.

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Catherine Parke November 22, 2010 | 8:55 p.m.

Unless I missed it, there has been no follow-up investigative piece on the first news story reporting this incident. Is the MISSOURIAN planning a follow-up to include such questions as: What are the full details of this incident, from beginning to end, and rationale for police action? What was medical report at hospital regarding condition of health of this person (as in possible mental condition)? and any after-effects of being shot with taser? Was person charged with any offense? And if so, what? etc.

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