Manatee deputies use stun gun on man during domestic disturbance

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on April 12, 2014 

Oquine Joseph, obstruction, $500 bond

Deputies used a stun gun to subdue a man during a domestic disturbance early Saturday morning, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports.

The deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of 26th Street West around 3:50 a.m. after receiving a call about a fight, according to a sheriff's report.

When they arrived, they found an "enraged man" standing inches away from a woman and yelling in her face, the report states.

The three deputies began ordering the man to step back and calm down, but after "numerous commands," the man continued yelling at the woman, later identified as his girlfriend, according to the report. He eventually turned his attention to the deputies and "assumed a bladed stance as if he was going to fight or run," the report states.

After several more warnings, a deputy deployed his stun gun, with the probes striking the man in the lower left abdomen area. "Immediate compliance was obtained," the report notes, and the deputies conducted an investigation.

The man, identified as 29-year-old Oquine Joseph, was charged with obstruction and taken to Manatee County jail, where he was being held on $500 bond. He did not require medical assistance, the sheriff's report said.

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