VIDEO: Suspect Snatches Taser, Fights Off Entire Group Of Cops For Minutes

Duluth police engaged in a lengthy fight with a combative man on Friday.

Duluth, MN – Cell phone footage captured the lengthy struggle between police and a combative suspect who stole an officer’s Taser and pointed it at another officer’s face (video below).

The incident occurred outside Tri Towers in the 200-block of Second Avenue East just after 2 p.m. on Friday, KQDS reported.

Duluth police responded to the area after they received a report that an unwanted 32-year-old male at that location had a no-bond warrant for domestic assault.

The unnamed suspect attempted to flee from the officers, then resisted arrest when they tried to take him into custody out on the sidewalk, cell phone footage showed.

Three officers were already struggling to subdue the suspect when the recording began.

Just seconds later, the suspect managed to snatch an unholstered Taser away from one of the officers.

He pointed the weapon at the officers, but was unable to turn around to face them because they had him pinned up against a metal bar, the video showed.

The officer regained control of the Taser moments later, and tossed it out of the suspect’s reach before she ultimately reholstered it.

“Please! Let me talk to my wife!” the suspect said, as he continued his attempts to swat the officers away.

Another officer arrived at the scene and appeared to drive-stun the suspect with her Taser – but it had no effect.

“Help! Help!” the suspect yelled in monotone, as a fifth officer pulled up to the brawl.

The officers managed to take the suspect to the ground, where he allegedly bit one of them in the finger as they were trying to place him into handcuffs.

At least five more officers arrived at the scene before the combative suspect was led off to jail on charges of fleeing on foot, fifth-degree assault, obstruction, and disarming a police officer, KQDS reported.

“This incident illustrates the inherent dangers of police work and how quickly the dynamics can change when a subject is resisting arrest,” Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said.

“We train our officers to attempt to gain voluntary compliance through the use of effective communication skills to de-escalate an incident,” Chief Tusken explained, according to WDIO. “Fortunately, these tactics are effective for the vast majority of our contacts.”

The chief praised the officers for subduing the suspect while using minimal force.

"Based upon my preliminary review of the video, officers responded reasonably by using restraint in the face of a dynamic and escalating arrest of a resisting subject," he said.

You can watch footage of the officers’ encounter with the combative fugitive in the video below:

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tuffyman
tuffyman

The cock-bite that is saying; "He needs something in his defense" put down the camera, and go back to smoking your bong.

GeoinPa
GeoinPa

This big fellow seems more resistive and uncooperative than combative, however, fifty years ago he would have been introduced to my blackjack and five cell steel Kell light. Had nothing to do with race, only that next nearest officer would be maybe half hour away.

Louise S
Louise S

As the huge lunar eclipse waddles slowly across the horizon...

1sam80
1sam80

Both female cops are so out of shape that they were useless and totally ineffective, they would never last in my department.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The average black man has twice the power of the average white man and they know it and show it. Women used to be nothing but meter maids and are always the underdog in situations like this. I may be old school but I feel women don't belong on the streets as police, any more than they do in the NFL. This is also a good lesson on how ineffective tasers can be.

new2lv2
new2lv2

We all know how hard it is to arrest someone who is combative or resistive. However LEO's this is why we have to make time to stay in shape. An out of shape LEO is a danger to their coworkers, the community and themselves. I also know this is easier said than done.

thebronze
thebronze

This is absolutely fucking pathetic.

Mrs10
Mrs10

What is that guy on?!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

He's got to be on something to be "that" strong! As for the videographer, he doesn't need something in his defense, he needs to listen! Get down on the ground as you were requested. He's actually lucky someone didn't shoot him when he had the Taser in his hands!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

They should learn to work together to take down the suspect. Everyone was doing their own thing. But good job. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I’m sure the whiners will find something to be all sensitive about.

LEO1529
LEO1529

Hey Chief, you should take a lesson from the late Chief Daryl Gates. The use of force is not pretty! You are lucky your officers were not seriously hurt or killed! If your Officers would have used the proper force, you would have thrown them under the bus!

“We train our officers to attempt to gain voluntary compliance through the use of effective communication skills to de-escalate an incident,” Chief Tusken explained, according to WDIO. “Fortunately, these tactics are effective for the vast majority of our contacts.”

The chief praised the officers for subduing the suspect while using minimal force.

"Based upon my preliminary review of the video, officers responded reasonably by using restraint in the face of a dynamic and escalating arrest of a resisting subject," he said.

TWalters
TWalters

These two fat woman have no business being uniformed police. They are going to get someone hurt. That department should be embarrassed.

bryantrent
bryantrent

That guy was crazy

Wish505
Wish505

Come on people somebody take him low and lock his legs up, Worked for us all the time.

cops-kid
cops-kid

Damn shame they didn't have a K9. He should have eaten that post when he grabbed the taser

MKD23
MKD23

There is only ONE female in the video. She was more a hindrance to the event than a help. She should hand in her badge, gun, and of course, the taser!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

you take a cop's taser (regardless of the circumstances) and then point it at a member of law enforcement, and you deserve to be shot, plain and simple. that's a potentially lethal threat, especially if it incapacitates the officer.

portManaT13
portManaT13
  1. Basic football: immobilize the legs with a knee height tackle. (see "sgttimmy2" above)
  2. Once you have a grip on one arm, attach a cuff and hook the other (end of the pair) cuff on the pipe/rail. (Use available structure to your advantage)
  3. Cuff the other arm and stretch.
  4. Choke hold from the back.
BlueLM101
BlueLM101

De-escalation... Funny that I see this brought up time and time again. It's something I have been called out on, on these very comment sections, because I preach it so often. Officers respond to the force that subject is being displayed by the subject.

I also want to point out that when you have an extremely combative subject, who is resisting, it can be very difficult to put them in cuffs. I also wouldn't doubt that this male had some chemicals in his system that help fuel his adrenaline.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

That video is embarrassing. Does this department not train? Back in the day a hair hold was taught, and used regularly. Is that no more? This guy should have been on the ground with a knee on his skull before the video even started.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Re training in defensive tactics

KannMomOfFab4
KannMomOfFab4

That is complete BS to say women should not be in these kinds of jobs! I've seen some women who've trained and some who've not trained for anything that could take down the biggest of men! Women AREN'T a different species or anything! We deserve the same respect and opportunities that men have/get. There are plenty of women who could take down a man faster and/or better than some men! We have a woman on our police dept. that could have easily done this job better than most of our men in the department! NEVER underestimate the strength or will of a woman! Saying women don't belong in any of these jobs is very discriminating! Your mother should have taught all of you who feel this way to be ashamed of yourselves for even thinking this, let alone posting it! ~smh~

question evrything
question evrything

“We train our officers to attempt to gain voluntary compliance through the use of effective communication skills to de-escalate an incident,”

if you mean barking orders, beating and tasering someone is to de-escalate, then it is a wonder why cops don't know any better.

Stanracer
Stanracer

WTF????

FLYBOYTIM
FLYBOYTIM

This guy should be a running back for the Cardinals...man no one can tackle him....

Forbidden
Forbidden

"He needs something in his defense" that's going to help the officer. and the officers probably took his phone anyways. lol