Report: Suspect taunts officers before arrest

Published 10:53 am Thursday, July 25, 2013

After a heated argument and scuffle with a suspect, and twice shocking him with a Taser, police and deputies arrested an Austin man Wednesday night.

According to the police report, Austin police and a Mower County Sheriff’s deputy went to Turtle Creek Estates, northwest of Austin, where the 36-year-old man was reportedly acting strange at about 10:20 p.m.

Authorities said the man would not comply with their commands, was aggressive, wouldn’t take his hands out of his pockets and started stomping his feet and coming toward them. The report added the man then got on the top of a vehicle and made strange poses and asked, “Are you going to tase me?”

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After asking the suspect multiple times to put his hands on the vehicle, officers said the suspect then slammed his hands down on it.

Then the suspect reportedly walked away, entered a building through a side door and slammed it as an officer tried to enter. However, the officer was able to keep the door open with his foot. Inside, an officer and deputy each tried to subdue the suspect with a Taser. The suspect allegedly continued to struggle with authorities, but they were able to detain him.

Gold Cross transported the suspect to the hospital in Austin where he received stitches. According to the report, the suspect hit his head while trying to slam the door. The report has been forwarded to the Mower County Attorney’s Office for charges, which could include a gross misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for fleeing officers on foot.