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July 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Officers struggle to subdue Seattle man at Ore. City Hall

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Police in Beaverton, Ore., say they used a stun gun seven times on an 18-year-old man accused of grabbing a sergeant’s gun inside City Hall and firing a shot, but eventually more officers were needed to subdue him.

Authorities say Jared Steven Leone of Seattle was high on drugs and hallucinating when he entered City Hall’s police records division and started running in circles Friday. Police say Leone told a clerk he had overdosed on mushrooms.

Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway said when officers approached Leone he “takes a swing” at one of them.

Surveillance video shows Leone initially struggling with three officers when he allegedly grabbed Sgt. Robert Davis’ gun and fired. No one was hit by the bullet, which hit a wall.

The video shows other officers arriving to try to subdue Leone. Ultimately, it took nine officers to restrain him. Davis suffered a shoulder injury.

KING-TV reports Leone broke a pair of metal handcuffs.

“During the struggle he was tased seven times, and it didn’t have any effect on him,” said Shumway, the Beaverton police spokesman.

Leone was arraigned Monday on charges including assaulting an officer and unlawful use of a weapon. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

“This could have been tragic, for sure,” said Shumway.

 

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