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Taser Employed In Confrontation With Would-Be Assailant

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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The park’s chief of interpretation called in a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Ok-A-Beh contact station on the afternoon of March 14th. A ranger moved in behind the vehicle and followed it down Highway 313 into Fort Smith. The operator was presumed to be operating under the influence, almost driving off the road, and failed to yield to the ranger, eventually pulling into a residence off the highway. A second ranger arrived as back-up. The seriously intoxicated male driver was contacted, and proved to be both uncooperative and aggressive towards the rangers. One ranger deployed her taser while the second gave verbal commands to the man. The man moved away from the rangers, picked up a three-foot-long wooden fence post that was connected to strands of barbed wire, then turned towards and squared off in front of the ranger who was giving the verbal commands. As he began to raise the fence post, he was tasered by the second ranger. Both probes hit and incapacitated him. He was then handcuffed and taken into custody. Charges are pending.



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