Columbus officer deploys Taser twice to subdue man coming towards him

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Mug shot of Peter K. Lankey

4 Fast Facts:

  • Police responded to a suspicious person call.
  • They tried to speak with a suspect, but he fled.
  • The officer used a Taser on the man when he started climbing a fence.
  • The Taser didn’t work. The suspect started aggressively coming towards the officer, so the officer used the Taser again.

COLUMBUS, Ind. (April 11, 2016) – An officer in Columbus used a Taser twice to subdue a man who was fleeing from police.

According to the Columbus Police Department, an officer responded to the area of 15th Street and Lafayette Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning in reference to a suspicious person.

The officer saw a man and tried to speak with him, but the man fled on foot between houses.

The officer located the suspect attempting to climb a privacy fence in the backyard of a residence a short time later.  The suspect refused to come to the ground and damaged the fence, so the officer deployed his Taser.

The Taser was not effective and the suspect turned towards the officer and took a “fighting stance.” The officer deployed the Taser a second time when the suspect began coming towards him in an aggressive manner.

The Taser was effective the second time, and the officer was able to take the man into custody.

The suspect was identified as Peter K. Lankey, 39, of Columbus. He faces preliminary charges of Indiana parole warrant, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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