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Video: Portland Police Deploy TASER at Armed Man in Market

November 19, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Portland Police Deploy TASER at Armed Man in Market

Portland police said they fired multiple TASER shots at a 47-year-old man who was spotted shoplifting and then grabbed knives from a display rack in an aisle of a Whole Foods Store early Friday, reports The Oregonian.

A witness videotaped part of the encounter and posted it on YouTube. Police released it Monday.

Officers can be heard yelling, "Drop the knife! Get down on your knees!''

In a news release, Portland police said a sergeant recognized the man armed with the knives as the subject of earlier calls who suffers from a mental illness.

The sergeant fired his TASER at him after he refused commands to drop the knives. The man, according to police, dropped to the ground and dropped the knives. But the man continued to struggle immediately afterward, prompting three more TASER ECD cycles, and again as police walked him to a waiting cruiser.

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bob retired leo @ 11/19/2013 8:16 PM

The job the Officer's did was exemplary. I was specially trained to deal with Mental Health issues when responding to what they called EDP's, (emotionally disturbed persons). They got him into custody without deadly force and without injury to personnel. The EDP"s, after you get them on their meds and calm them down, always apologized later for their actions, explaining they were sick. I would follow up on them to see they were taking meds or of they needed help after being released. When I retired a lot of them came to say goodbye and how much they appreciated our unit and our concern.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/20/2013 12:48 AM

With all the "mentally ill" related shootings lately I applaud Portland's restraint.

Trigger @ 11/20/2013 4:10 AM

Great takedown. My only concern is the officer behind the suspect, if bullets started to fly he could be in trouble.

Lt Dan @ 11/20/2013 5:40 AM

First, 21 feet is the necessary reactionary gap from a knife wielding offender. If they had more than 7 yards, it wasn't much more. Second, EDP or not, escalation of force rules say use one level higher. That would be deadly force. Woe be unto the next Portland area officer who uses deadly force on an EDP with a knife, the question will now be, "Why didn't you use a taser?" And yes, I have dealt with armed EDP's with 1. a pick axe, 2. broken glass from a window, 3. a crow bar, and 4. scissors. None were tasered or maced and all were arrested with NO INJURY. The fellow with a 2X4 got maced and popped on his common peroneal. Point being, the PIO failed to indicate, WE WERE JUSTIFIED IN USING DEADLY FORCE BUT DIDN"T HAVE TO THIS TIME in his level of force chat. Great job by the guys on the scene.

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