Manatee sheriff: Suspect had to be shot with stun gun 5 times before he could be arrested

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on May 7, 2014 

MANATEE -- A deputy had to fire his stun gun at a suspect five times before he and his colleagues were able to take him into custody early Wednesday in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 12:10 a.m. in the 5700 block of 15th Street East, after a traffic stop, deputies were trying to arrest Kevin Charlson on a charge of driving with a suspended license, when Charlson began resisting, according to a news release.

When Charlson twisted away from two deputies, they took him to the ground and a third deputy fired his stun gun. Charlson quit resisting but after the shock cycled for five seconds, Charlson began resisting again, the report states.

The deputy had to shock Charlson four more times, including once when he tried to run away and another by driving the stun gun into his back, before deputies were able to handcuff him and take him into custody, according to the report.

Charlson was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of several abrasions on his face, back, knees, chin, hands and arms. While at the hospital, Charlson admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the incident, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies suffered minor abrasions and did not require medical treatment.

In addition to the driver's license charge, the sheriff's office said Charlson faces charges of resisting arrest, battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana.

Booking information for Charlson was not available on the Manatee County jail website.

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