CEW Deployment - Assault - 3rd Avenue And 23rd Street

A 30-year-old man is facing multiple charges after an incident in which officers were required to deploy a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) earlier this evening.

Just after 10:00 p.m., September 11, 2017, Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of 3rd Ave. South. The suspect was swinging a chair at a staff member at a business and then threatened them with a machete. He then left and threw a sign through a window at another business and was threatening people in the downtown area with a machete. He continued his assaultive behavior and tried to stab a person with the machete. He then took a rake from the back of a parked vehicle and was swinging that at the public.

When officers arrived, they located the suspect and engaged in a foot pursuit. Once at 3rd Ave. and 23rd St., the suspect turned on the officers with the rake swinging it at them in a violent manner. The suspect failed to comply with commands from the officers at which time two CEW's were deployed by two different officers. A machete was recovered at the scene and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was cleared by M.D. Ambulance at the scene and he was transported to SPS.

There were no injuries.

This incident will be reviewed in accordance to policy.

The 30-year-old man is facing charges of Assaulting a Police Officer, Mischief <$5000.00 (X 2), Drug Possession, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public, Assault with a Weapon (X 2) and Breach of Probation. He will be held in custody until he appears in court tomorrow morning.

(Occurrence Number: 17- 96424)