Argument earns shot with stun gun

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 2, 2011

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was shot with a stun gun Wednesday night after not obeying the commands of police officers and putting up his arms like he wanted to fight, the Salisbury Police Department reported today.
According to the police report, Officer J.R. Cable was attempting to turn onto North Shaver Street from East Council Street, but a man, Keith Manuel Jackson, was in the way, talking to people in the road, and would not move for the officer.
Jackson finally slowly made his way to the side of the road, but still left little room for the patrol car.
Officer Cable asked Jackson to speak to him, but Jackson replied that he didn’t have to do what the officer said. The officer asked him again and got the same response from Jackson, the report said.
Officer Cable asked Jackson to place his hands behind his back because he was being arrested for impeding traffic, and Jackson said he didn’t have to, the report said.
Cable then grabbed Jackson’s arm and Jackson turned around, squaring off with his fists in the air, the report said, and Cable used an arm bar — similar to a nightstick — to take Jackson to the ground.
Cable ordered Jackson to place his hands behind his back, but he didn’t, and stood up, squaring off again with Cable, the report said.
Cable reportedly took out his stun gun and said, “Taser, taser, taser,” and with Jackson still in a fighting stance, Cable shot Jackson in the chest and abdomen area, the report said.
Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident.
Jackson was charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, intoxicated and disruptive and impeding traffic. He was given a $1,000 bond.