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Armed disturbance downtown early Saturday ends with Taser, arrest

May 21, 2011

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A 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Saturday morning following an armed disturbance in downtown Lawrence that ended with Taser deployment.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, police were alerted to the situation just before 2 a.m. bar-goers on Massachusetts Street reported that a tall man wearing a black shirt, armed with a gun and a knife, was walking southbound on the east side of the street. Hadl said the man was not said to have pointed the weapons at anyone but was threatening in his manner and behavior.

Officers were almost on scene when they saw the suspect walking south on Massachusetts Street toward 11th Street. Hadl said officers addressed the suspect, who refused to stop. Police continued to pursue the suspect, who turned to face them multiple times, showing a handgun and a large unsheathed knife. The suspect entered the parking lot near the intersection of Mass and 11th, at which point an officer arrived on scene and deployed a Taser.

Multiple officers responded to the call and several assisted with crowd control to help ensure safety with the large number of people who had gathered.

Officers successfully recovered the weapons and took the suspect into custody without further incident. The suspect was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in accordance with procedure for Taser deployment and for a mental evaluation.

Hadl said the suspect's motives and intentions were not yet clear as the man has not cooperated verbally with police. Hadl said charges in the incident would likely include aggravated assault and interfering with the duties of officers.

No one was injured during the incident.

Comments

oldbaldguy 2 years, 11 months ago

good police work. all officers should have tazers. this was not an open carry issue. this was crazy guy armed issue. this guy should thank his lucky star he was not shot dead.

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Pywacket 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed! And (to jump the gun on those who will whine, "What about those who have a heart condition?") I would say: If you have a heart condition, don't do some jackass thing that will cause the police to have to taze you. Problem solved!

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George Lippencott 2 years, 11 months ago

Good police work - nobody got hurt. I think Tasers are a wonderful option and we should be thankful they are available.

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smitty 2 years, 11 months ago

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somebodynew 2 years, 11 months ago

OK, you guys did it. On every other post today if YH is mentioned there suddenly appears a long tirade by the one and only. Good luck.

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somebodynew 2 years, 11 months ago

Well Py, yes they did. Some cities I know those same actions would have got the shot. Particularly if the gun was in his hand and he wasn't responding the proper way to verbal commands. Would have loved to read this blog then. I know who Smitty would have blamed.

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Pywacket 2 years, 11 months ago

All the cop bashers would have been the first here to b**** if the cops had shrugged, said "the guy has a constitutional right to walk around brandishing weapons," and then the guy had walked into a bar and proceeded to open fire. There would have been no end to the moaning about how the cops should have prevented a senseless tragedy but were instead ticketing a few harmless drunks and red-light runners who were only trying to get home.

If he was out and about for innocent purposes (let's say he was afraid of being mugged and this was his self defense), he could have rationally explained this to the popo, answered a few questions, shown his ID, and he probably would have been sent on his way, untazed.

Whatever our "individual" freedoms, common sense and the general PUBLIC's rights are equally important. The police did the right thing.

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ftal 2 years, 11 months ago

I was there when this happened. He was holding the knife in one hand, and the gun in the other, and simply walking down the sidwalk through the crowd on mass. he was clearly either drunk or on drugs, and definitely posed an immediate threat to all those around.

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pistachio 2 years, 11 months ago

I saw this guy - he is a big guy, and he had a gun in one hand and a knife in the other. He definitely didn't look like he was out for a casual stroll. Glad the cops found him.

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not_holroyd 2 years, 11 months ago

I still regard a billiard ball in a Crown Royal bag as the most unique weapon from these types of well balanced individuals.

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 11 months ago

No there more than one taser, just trained officers carry them

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 11 months ago

Why did the officers who were trailing this guy, etc. have to wait for an officer to arrive with a Taser? Is there only ONE taser in Lawrence? How stupid.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

and nobody was armed with a railroad spike? damn.

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ResQd 2 years, 11 months ago

Great job of apprehending him. In this day and age, you have no idea what people are thinking and are capable of. This could have turned into a tragedy.

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true_patriot 2 years, 11 months ago

I wonder the courts will decide cases that turn out to look like someone was trolling for conflict vis a vis the open carry law. At any rate, carrying a large knife unsheathed is not a passive posture and deserves at least a check by LEO.

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somebodynew 2 years, 11 months ago

@keith - I don't think open carry has been declared illegal here (it is in Topeka), but if you are carrying you should expect to be asked questions about it by the police. Not stopping and refusing to address the police is not the way to make everyone think you are just walking home. (Plus if you check the jail log he was walking away from home.) Also according to the article he had the knife (at least) in his hand, not in a sheath. Then add in the time of day and I doubt he was walking home from the store.

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lawrencerulz 2 years, 11 months ago

i love the monday morning policing around here.

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wmathews 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out, guys. I fixed the error.

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Keith 2 years, 11 months ago

Open carry has now been declared illegal.

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Kris_H 2 years, 11 months ago

Spell check won't save you from everything. Only knowledge can do that.

This guy is lucky he wasn't shot. Good and appropriate use of the taser IMO.

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hannahss 2 years, 11 months ago

"threatening in his manor"? In his house?

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matahari 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh, so he didn't say anything, and was just walking home, but his weapons were visible. Good move Susan! You've saved the town!

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salem58 2 years, 11 months ago

so instead of this guy going home and going to bed at some point, he is going to be evaluated and in custody for days. I'm sure he will say somthing along the lines "I just want to go home." or "Can i just go home" even "I didnt hurt nobody" possibly "I didnt have any other way to transport my gun and knife from the store to my house..."

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