A Kansas City police officer used a stun gun early Sunday on a naked man armed with a paring knife in a downtown apartment, but it had no effect, police said.
Officers responded just before 3 a.m. to a disturbance call in the 800 block of Jefferson Street. A resident said a 23-year-old man in his apartment was acting irrationally and was uncontrollable. The resident said he thought the man had been using methamphetamine.
The officers encountered a naked man in the apartment’s main room. When the officers ordered him to the floor, he grabbed a paring knife from a counter. One officer deployed his stun gun when the man stepped toward them. The probes struck the man in the torso but did not affect him.
The man threw the knife at the officers but missed, according to a police report.
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The officer then deployed the stun gun again, and again it did not incapacitate him.
The officers eventually arrested the man after several attempts to wrestle him to the floor.
“A knife is a deadly weapon, even if it is used by some idiot,” said Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman. “It could have killed those officers.”
The man was taken to Truman Medical Center.
“The officers did a great job in this situation,” Grant said, “and they were able to use their training and had some luck on their side by being able to get out of that situation without getting hurt or causing more harm to this person.”