Manatee deputies shoot fleeing DUI suspect with stun guns

May 29, 2014 

MANATEE -- Deputies tried to arrest a man early Sunday for reportedly driving under the influence, but as they were putting him in handcuffs he tried to run and deputies shot him twice with a stun gun, according to police.

Officers stopped Larry Ryans Jr., 42, at the intersection of Bayshore Avenue and 14th Street West for a believed DUI at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday. After determining they had probable cause to arrest him they began to put him in handcuffs.

Ryans twisted away and began running north through a Target parking lot. Deputies chased him and one shot him with a stun gun, according to a report. Ryans fell to the ground, but got back up and continued running. The other deputy shot Ryans for a second time with a stun gun, and Ryans fell again.

Police found a small dagger in a sheath hanging from Ryans' neck, according to the report. He is charged with a DUI, resisting arrest without violence and carrying a concealed weapon.

Ryans was treated for injuries caused by falling on scene, according to police.

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