08/05/2007

Wash. police use TASER to subdue naked, pistol-wielding man

The Associated Press
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SPOKANE, Wash. The Spokane County sheriff's office says a naked man waiving two semiautomatic pistols, yelling and breaking things was Tasered today after sheriff's deputies arrived in a Spokane Valley neighborhood.

Lt. Earl Howerton says when deputies arrived about 5:10 p.m., Raymond S. Wheatly was "definitely acting weird" and probably high or intoxicated. Howerton says the 39-year-old Wheatley was in his backyard still holding one gun.

Howerton says within eight minutes, the deputies persuaded Wheatly to drop the weapon, then they shocked him with a Taser. Howerton says Wheatly stood up and fought back as deputies tackled him.

The sheriff's office says Wheatley was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Howerton says Wheatly faces one misdemeanor charge of "aiming or discharging a firearm."

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