Assault suspect who told cops they’d ‘have to shoot’ him facing 4 charges

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The man who allegedly told police they’d “have to shoot” him while refusing to cooperate during a weekend arrest has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.



Eric Thomas Turner, 35, was arrested early Saturday at the 200 block South Main Street after police responded to a domestic assault report.

Police received a call around 9 p.m. Friday from a woman who told officers she was “in total fear” of Turner after he knocked her down and started to choke her. The victim’s young child witnessed the assault on the 800 block of 12th Avenue Southwest. Officers saw signs of a struggle at the residence.

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The man fled in the victim’s vehicle after the assault, and officers received a tip as to his location on South Main Street, according to a police report.

The property owner let officers into Turner’s apartment, but Turner refused to cooperate, telling them, “You’re going to have to shoot me. I have a weapon.” After officers asked him to put his hands in the air, he again told officers they’d have to shoot him.

Officers stunned Turner with a Taser at least twice and used a chemical irritant before getting Turner in handcuffs. Officers again had to use a chemical irritant on Turner outside the residence when he pulled away from officers as they tried to search him.

Thomas was charged with terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation, both felonies. He was also charged with obstructing the legal process by resisting arrest, a gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor domestic assault.

His bail was set at $50,000.