Manatee deputy uses stun gun to arrest fleeing suspect

March 17, 2014 


MANATEE -- A deputy Sunday used his stun gun to detain a man who had fled a traffic stop, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 7:35 p.m., the deputy was dispatched to the area of Fourth Street East and 58th Avenue East after the sheriff's office received a report of a reckless driver on a dirt bike, according to a news release.

The deputy saw a man riding a dirt bike east in the 400 block of 58th Avenue East, and made a traffic stop.

When the man, who said he didn't have a driver's license, appeared as if he was trying to re-start the bike -- after the deputy told him not to -- the deputy tried to grab the man but he fell off the side of the bike, the report states.

The biker then ran from the scene.

The deputy several times ordered him to stop but he refused. Eventually, the deputy followed the man to a residence in the 300 block of 58th Avenue East, according to the report.

Underneath a carport, the man turned to face the deputy, who then shot him with his stun gun. The suspect fell to the ground and complied, the sheriff's office said.

Meanwhile, a crowd of onlookers began to gather around the scene, and the deputy called for backup. The crowd dispersed as more deputies arrived.

The suspect, Jo'Kevious K. Bell, was charged with obstruction and driving with a suspended license.

He is in the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $1,000.

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