A 50-year-old man was tased Thursday afternoon after wielding a sword in a confrontation with police officers.
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas, officers responded to the 2500 block of Redbud Lane about 4:15 p.m. after a woman reported her son was acting suicidal. When officers arrived they saw the man holding “a large sword in a martial arts pose.”
Police immediately removed the man’s mother from the home and spoke to the man at the door of the residence. The man refused to drop the sword, and officers used a Taser to subdue him.
“It was a good example of the Taser doing exactly what it was supposed to do,” Thomas said.
The man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation. As of Thursday night, he had not been arrested or charged with any crime.