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Taser triple used to subdue suspect

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Three taser stuns were used by a Shelbyville police officer to control an intoxicated suspect Saturday.

Police were called to a Belmont Avenue residence where Michael Allen Toombs II, 36, was allegedly in a "drunken rampage" after a family member concerned about his drinking disposed of newly-purchased beer.

Toombs was "extremely intoxicated and armed with a knife," officer Russ Grubbs' report said. After Grubbs found Toombs in a bedroom and ordered him to put down the knife he did so, but refused to "release his hands and arms."

Orders ignored

Grubbs, concerned Toombs may have more weapons, told him the taser would be deployed if he didn't follow orders. The first drive stun cycle, in the middle back area, had no effect except to draw a derogatory comment about the taser, Grubbs said.

A second cycle was applied to the back of Toombs' neck, after which Grubbs and officer Rod Stacy pulled out his arms and began handcuffing him as he continued to resist. Toombs became "placid" after a third stun to a location not listed in the report.

A "drive stun" involves a shock being released as the end of the taser touches a suspect.

Toombs was charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest. He was being held on $15,000 bond Tuesday at Bedford County Jail.