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Monday, September 8, 2014

Deputy, suspect trade Taser shots before arrest

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

click to enlarge MARCUS VENSON: Arrested after Taser battle.
  • MARCUS VENSON: Arrested after Taser battle.
A Pulaski deputy was stunned with his own Taser during a struggle with a man resisting arrest at Highway 365 and Dixon Road south of Little Rock. The man, being sought for pointing a gun at another man, finally was subdued.

The altercation began after a short vehicle chase. Lt. Carl Minden of the sheriff's office said the suspect, Marcus Venson, 35, was "drive-stunned" by a deputy with a Taser. According to Minden, this means Taser cartridge probes are not released, but a painful jolt is delivered to force compliance. Venson reportedly kept fighting and took the Taser away from the deputy, then fired it. A probe struck the deputy in the face just below the eye. Venson reportedly fired at another deputy, but missed. The deputies were then able to get the Taser back. The suspect was "drive-stunned" three more times before he was subdued. The deputy and Venson were treated at a hospital and released.

Events began about 6 p.m. Sunday at 3500 Williams Road when deputies took a complaint that Venson had behaved in a threatening manner toward another man. He was known in the neighborhood for carrying a weapon and using drugs, the report said. About an hour later, the same complainant, David Jackson, reported that Venson had pointed a gun at him.

Around 10 p.m., a deputy tried to stop Venson as he was driving. He fled, but his car was stopped by placement of a spike strip in the road. He resisted being handcuffed and the use of a stun device ensued.

Venson was charged with assault, possession of a weapon, fleeing and resisting arrest.

While responding to the first complaint and clearing the scene, deputies said a 28-year-old Sweet Home woman, Latice Comic, refused to get out of the roadway and yelled at a deputy. She was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a government operation.

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