Police officer on receiving end of Taser

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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon officer was tased by a suspect during a struggle over the weekend.

The incident began when Owen Browning, 22, of Lewisburg, allegedly interfered with an unrelated traffic stop in an alley off Main Street, according to chief Matt Gregory with the Buckhannon Police Department.

PFC Marshall O’Connor and patrolmen Joseph Barcus and Tanner Collins were on a traffic stop in the alley when Browning allegedly came up to them while they were dealing with the vehicle, according to the police chief.

“They tried numerous times to get him to step away from where they were and go back in his house,” Gregory said. “He refused to do so, and that’s when they went to place him under arrest and a struggle ensued.”

O’Connor tried to use his Taser on Browning, but during the struggle the suspect was able to get his finger on the trigger of the Taser and fire it, hitting Collins’ forearm.

Collins was OK from the Taser incident but may have broken his finger in the struggle and is following up with an orthopedic doctor, according to Gregory. Collins is a part-time police officer for the City of Buckhannon.

Gregory said the incident will be used to continue Taser training with city officers.

We recertify on the Tasers every year and we have another recertification coming up, actually next week, so it will definitely be a discussion point,” Gregory said.

Browning was arrested for attempting to disarm a police officer, a felony, by O’Connor.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $40,000 cash or surety.

If convicted, Browning faces imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years.

In other crime reports:

* A situation at Northridge Plaza Monday morning resolved peacefully and John Joe Snyder II, 36, of Buckhannon, was arrested for brandishing a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor.

Gregory said officers had responded to a man brandishing a pistol, threatening to commit suicide outside the Summit Center at Northridge Plaza.

“According to the dispatch, at one point he had told the secretary that he had a gun and then left the center and then had it to his chin out in the parking lot,” Gregory said.

Snyder did not have the gun in his hand when officers arrived, but it was in his jacket.

Officers were able to calm Snyder down and get him restrained without incident.

Gregory described the incident as “volatile” which happened about 9:40 a.m. as there were other people in the Summit Center, nearby store fronts and in the parking areas.

“We are very fortunate that it ended peacefully,” he said.

Lt. Doug Loudin, the arresting officer, retrieved the .22 semi-auto pistol without incident.

Hurst set bond at $10,000 cash or surety.

If convicted, Snyder faces confinement in jail for not less than 90 days nor more than a year in prison and/or a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.

* Ashley Debarr, 22, of Buckhannon, was arrested Oct. 29 for obstructing, a misdemeanor. Debarr allegedly became very aggressive and was using profane language when officers arrived on scene of an alleged domestic incident, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Debarr had been asked by her mother to leave residence for the night and come back when she was calm and sober, according to the criminal complaint. Debarr refused to obey officer’s commands and was arrested. Hurst set bond at $2,500 cash or surety.

* Michael Kenneth Williams, 21, of French Creek, was arrested for domestic battery, a misdemeanor, stemming from an Oct. 27 incident in which he allegedly flipped over a coffee table and then hit his mother in the face, according to the criminal complaint.

“The defendant was highly intoxicated and this incident was the fourth time the city police units had been dispatched to the residence in less than a three-hour time frame on this date,” Cpl. Darin Hissam with the BPD wrote in the criminal complaint.

The victim alleged that Williams hit her on the right side of her jaw.

Hurst set bond at $5,000 and ordered Williams to have no contact with the victim. If convicted, Williams faces confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of not more than $500.

* Courtney N. Nelson, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested for an Oct. 17 incident at Dollar General when Sgt. T.A. Posey responded for a removal of a person, according to the criminal complaint.

“The defendant appeared to be under the influence of drugs,” Posey wrote in the criminal complaint.

During a search of Nelson’s purse and pickets, three used needles and 12 pills were located. Ten of the pills were identifiable and required a prescription. Nelson allegedly stated that all the pills were given to her but she had no prescription.

Nelson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. Hurst set bond at $5,000 cash or surety. If convicted, Nelson faces imprisonment for not less than 90 days nor more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000.

* David Ivan Workman, 41, of Buckhannon, was arrested for battery, a misdemeanor, by Hissam.

Workman allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck and struck her in the side of the head with his fist, according to the criminal complaint. The victim had a small red mark on the left side of her face near her temple.

Hurst set bond at $5,000 cash or surety.

Workman faces confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and/or a fine of not more than $500.

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