Taser ends disorderly conduct in roadway

A shirtless, 28-year-old South Kitsap man walked down the middle of Sedgwick Road near Converse around 1:30 a.m. Sunday until a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy stunned him with a Taser and arrested him for disorderly conduct.

The suspect had gotten angry with his girlfriend when she accused him of flirting with other girls at a bar that night.

No assault occurred, but the suspect reportedly said that he wouldn’t get into a vehicle and walked down the middle of the roadway instead.

As he walked down the road, he forced traffic in the area to slow down and swerve to avoid hitting him. His girlfriend, 21, walked next to the roadway about 30 feet behind him, crying and yelling at him to stop.

A deputy who observed the shirtless man’s conduct also told him to stop, but the suspect continued walking.

When the deputy again yelled for the man to stop, the suspect turned and started briskly walking toward the deputy with clenched fists and “a thousand-yard stare,” according to the deputy’s report.

The deputy took out a Taser, believing that he was in danger of being assaulted. He again yelled for the man to stop.

The suspect cursed loudly at the deputy, and the deputy shot him in the chest with the Taser.

The suspect fell to the ground, then agreed to cooperate with the deputy and apologized for threatening him.

He was arrested, taken to the Kitsap County jail for disorderly conduct and was released on personal recognizance.


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