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.