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Edmonds Police Use Taser to Subdue Man Who Had Pants Around His Knees

Suspect had been seen at local schools and reportedly was about to burglarize a home.

The suspect told police pepper spray would not work on him and suggested they use guns. Instead, Edmonds police officers tased the man, who was immediately subdued and arrested on a number of charges.

Here’s what happened:

On Tuesday just before 5 p.m., Edmonds police officers responded to a call of a reported trespasser in the backyard of a home in the 7400 block of 210th Street SW, said Edmonds Police Sgt. Mike Blackburn. The homeowner believed the suspect may have been preparing to burglarize her home.

As it turned out, a Lynnwood Police sergeant had been watching the same suspicious man after he had been seen earlier behind College Place middle and elementary schools, which are both in Lynnwood.

Students on the playfield of the middle school noticed the suspicious man and notified a teacher. The teacher, said Blackburn, said he saw the suspect's pants pulled down around his knees, although he was still wearing underwear.

Lynnwood Police officers quickly responded, where they located the suspect and ordered him to leave the school.

While the Edmonds woman was calling 911 about the trespasser at her home, the Lynnwood Police sergeant watched the man as he walked around the back of the residence. Given that the woman’s 911 call was now being dispatched, police officers responded to the backyard of her home and observed the suspect standing outside the kitchen window.

When the man noticed the officers approaching him, he squared off in a fighting stance, fists up, and challenged them to fight. Faced with this threat, the officers drew their pepper spray and ordered the man to stop. Instead, the suspect informed them that pepper spray wouldn’t work and suggested they use their guns. 

Since the suspect was advancing on the officers they turned their tazers on him, which resulted in his immediate compliance.

The suspect, a 42-year-old transient, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital as a precautionary measure.  Once it was confirmed that he sustained no significant injury, the man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Criminal charges include felony possession of illegal drugs.  

Priya Sinha September 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Tazer and pepper spray to detain an unarmed man who showed his fists and had his pants around his knees? Seriously, couldn't two or three of our well trained police simply tackle the man? Were they afraid he would drop his underpants and attack with his penis?
Brian Soergel September 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Priya: Maybe they considered it a deadly weapon.
Evan September 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
As a citizen, I’m glad our officers didn’t “tackle” this guy. A can of pepper spray is a lot cheaper than having a potentially injured Officer from a physical altercation. Pryia, I always enjoy reading your rich and insightful comments on the patch. You should run for City Council and mandate that our officers use physical force as option 1. You could make it your platform. I’m sure we’d all stand behind you.
Nibor Ceenelo September 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
My 1st thought after reading the article was "GOOD JOB Officer's"!! It's easy to say what someone should do when you are not in their shoes...such as Police Officers. If they had "offered" the gentleman a tazer, he would have been advanced closer to them by this time and probably have said they don't work on him either. The guy has felony possession of illegal drugs. Obviously and more than likely they were in his system, thus causing him to egg on the officers into his delusional world. Good job, Officers.
Nibor Ceenelo September 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Interesting...Article to the right reads: Lynnwood Police Officer in Serious Condition After Struggle With Suspect......uh.....maybe if he had had a chance to pull his tazer out and not interact with the suspect, he wouldn't be in SERIOUS condition now. And, he'd be back on the streets working and protecting citizens! Don't judge, lest you do the same job and have the qualifications to assess how things coulda/woulda/shoulda been done differantly!
Brian Soergel September 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Nibor: That Lynnwood police officer your referenced in now in physical therapy and doing better.
Priya Sinha September 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Evan, Are you telling me that shooting someone up with electricity is NOT physical force? Physical force, when used, should be equal to the physical force threatened. The guys pants were pulled down to his ankles and his hands were is the air. There were other way to handle this. And, no, I will not give the Police an absolute free pass.
Priya Sinha September 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Next, we'll be applauding a police officer for shooting a homeless person in the back because he had a pocket knife and could have been dangerous....Oh...wait...we've already been there...
Priya Sinha September 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Mea Culpa, I think I read this incorrectly. The man had his pants down to his knees earlier in the day, not at the time of arrest. That is a closer case, in my mind. Although, I'd like to hear about what other avenues the police tried before using force.
Nibor Ceenelo September 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Very glad to hear that.
Sue G September 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
There is always someone to criticize how the police handle any situation. . They did a great job. . For Heaven's sakes, just give them a break. . . if they had "tackled" him and he suffered a head injury or concussion, you would be screaming, "Why didn't they just tasor him?". . . Save the criticism for when it is truly deserved instead of looking for any opportunity to be contrary!

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