A man was arrested early Wednesday morning in Wills Point after being tased when he allegedly refused to drop two large knives and a pair of scissors.

At about 5:50 a.m., the Wills Point Police Department was called by Van Zandt County Sheriff Office to the 900 block of Howell Street regarding two suspicious men with weapons and possibly under the influence of narcotics.

Officers saw a man walking in the middle of the road holding two large knives and a pair of scissors in his hand. He refused the officers’ orders several times. Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety then arrived to assist with getting the man to comply, according to a news release.

The man continued to pace along the road while swinging his arms back and forth in a stabbing motion. He would not speak to officers other than saying incoherent words, police stated.

Because the man wouldn’t comply for over 20 minutes, officers put together a plan to use a less than lethal weapon. Authorities used the less than lethal weapon twice on the man as he continued to come towards law enforcement, according to Wills Point police.

With a flash bang diversionary device released, an officer then tased the man, which caused him to drop his weapons. Officers brought the man to the ground, and he was taken to a medical facility and booked into Van Zandt County Jail, the department said.

Police said no one was injured during the incident because of multiple agencies and resources working together.



I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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