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.