The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2013

Police: Cop deploys stun gun against feisty suspect

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An officer used his stun gun when a board-wielding suspect jumped around with his fists clenched like a boxer, an incident report stated.

At about 7:31 p.m. Wednesday, Edmond Police Officer Matthew Harden was dispatched in reference to a possible physical disturbance at the Rolling Green apartments, 400 E. Danforth Road, according to the report filed by Harden.

Dispatch told the officer a male could be heard ordering someone to get out of his house, Harden stated.

Harden stated that he and Officer Nathan Fountain arrived and contacted the suspect in the parking lot where he was carrying a 2-foot-long board toward an apartment. Fountain ordered the suspect to drop the board, the report stated.

“This is my house,” the suspect said, according to the report.

Harden told the suspect it did not matter whose house it was.

“This is my house,” he said again, according to the report.

Fountain ordered the suspect to drop the board again as the suspect was walking into the apartment, Harden stated. Fountain grabbed the suspect’s arm and the suspect resisted, the report stated.

Harden stated that he deployed his stun gun from its holster and saw Fountain grab his gun. The suspect went to the corner of the living room and was jumping around with his fists clenched like a boxer would warm up before a round in a boxing match, the report stated.

“He was seething with anger, and he kept stepping forward as if he wanted to fight,” Harden stated.

Harden stated that he pointed his stun gun at the suspect’s chest and ordered the suspect to get on the ground.

After the suspect ignored another order to get on the ground and was still acting like he wanted to fight, Harden fired his stun gun, he stated. One probe stuck him in his neck, another in his abdomen, and he fell to the ground, Harden stated.

Harden stated that he held the suspect at stun gun point until another officer arrived and took him into custody without incident. He stated the suspect said he was sorry for acting like he did.

In the apartment, officers found a marijuana “roach,” a grinder, a “one hitter” pipe and a vegetable peeler with burnt marijuana on it, Harden stated. Some of the substance found field tested positive for marijuana, according to the police report.

After the stun gun probes were removed from the suspect at OU Medical Center-Edmond, the suspect was booked into the city jail and later transported to the Oklahoma County jail, Harden stated.

James Darrell Martinek, 22, of Edmond, was arrested on complaints of obstructing an officer, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, a child care center and a park at Ramblewood Terrace and Jackson Street, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the report stated.

On Friday, criminal probable cause paperwork was filed in Oklahoma County District Court, according to court records. Martinek posted $3,500 bond and was released on Feb. 9.

No future court dates have been scheduled. Attorney information was not available. An effort to reach the suspect at his listed home number was not successful.



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