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Police: Two arrested after swinging chain, raising fist at officers

March 26, 2014

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A 57-year-old Lawrence man was arrested late Tuesday after he swung a footlong heavy metal chain as officers attempted to serve a municipal warrant, and a relative was later Tased and arrested after he tried to interfere, police say.

Carl Leory Athey and Edward Lee Athey, 61, of Lawrence, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a law enforcement officer and obstruction — in addition to failing to appear in municipal court — after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said officers went to a residence in the 100 block of Michigan Street to try to serve a municipal warrant. As officers tried to handcuff Carl Athey, McKinley said, he quickly reached into his jacket and pulled out a heavy metal chain, swinging it at the officers.

Athey dropped the chain after an officer drew his handgun, McKinley said, but Edward Athey later approached officers as they handcuffed Carl Athey. McKinley said an officer used his Taser to subdue Edward Athey after he had raised his fist “in what appeared to be an attempt to strike an officer.”

Both men are in Douglas County Jail and bond has not yet been set. Carl Athey faces a tougher charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Comments

Scott Morgan 5 months, 3 weeks ago

He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered? My name is Gladiator We who are about to die, salute you!

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Adam Kasson 5 months, 3 weeks ago

How big and heavy was this chain???Good lord it seems like to get into a jacket and get into his pocket that the officers must have been asleep. I would have tased him as soon as he made sudden movement towards something. How do they know he didn't have a gun in his jacket. Lawrence PD need to spend a week in kck or kcmo and get some additional training on how to deal with this type of stuff ......or maybe a night in Topeka.

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Mike Riner 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The article says he "quickly" reached into his jacket and produced a foot-long chain. The article said the Officer drew his weapon, probably in response to the furtive movement by chain-man. If the Officer had shot this suspect, would you be criticizing him for that ? Seems to me the Officer did the right thing given the circumstances.

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Jim Phillips 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Now Mike, you know everyone knows how to do a cop's job better than the cop. What are you thinkin'?

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Elizabeth Newman 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Must have cut the ball off it from the last time...

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