Suspect shot with Taser after hitting Manatee deputy, trying to flee

April 17, 2013 

MANATEE -- A man who lied to authorities about his name and tried to flee was arrested after a deputy shot him with a Taser early Wednesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 12:30 a.m., James Rich, 41, was stopped in the 6200 block of 14th Street West for a bicycle violation. Rich gave a false name, but deputies were able to determine his true identity and that he was wanted on a warrant out of California, according to a news release.

As deputies were arresting him, Rich broke free and punched a deputy in the arm. Another deputy then deployed his Taser, hitting Rich in the back and buttocks. He was then taken into custody, according to the report.

Neither Rich nor the deputies was hurt.

Rich, who was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail, faces charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence and giving a false name to law enforcement.

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