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Stun Gun Arrest, Discipline
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Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:17

(FAYETTEVILLE) -- The Fayetteville police department has placed six officers on desk duty after a man was hospitalized with injuries he suffered while resisting arrest at the Greyhound bus station.

Family members identified the man as 47-year-old Jeffrey Cox of Asbury Park, NJ, and said he suffers from a paranoid schizophrenic mental condition. He is currently at Cape Fear Medical Center and listed in critical condition.

Officers were sent to the Person Street bus station after 4 a.m. Wednesday to deal with a person calling 911 repeatedly from pay phones. Officers attempted to arrest the man for misusing the 911 system, but he resisted and a physical confrontation ensued.

He was apparently calling 911 because he was delusional and feared bus station employees were about to attack him.

Witnesses said Cox was repeatedly hit with stun guns and beaten by officers. Sgt. Gary Womble confirmed the man was schocked with a Taser, but it appeared to have little effect on him. He also confirmed that the suspect engaged in a fight with the arresting officers. At least three officers sustained minor injuries during the struggle.

An internal investigation has been launched.

Police will release more information some time Thursday.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 January 2012 00:00
 
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