Police: Man used cop's TASER on K-9, officers after crashing stolen car
Police said the suspect stunned K-9 Fedor "repeatedly"
By Michael Bonner
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — A 30-year-old man from Providence is accused of wrestling an officer’s Taser away and using the weapon on other members of West Bridgewater police, including a K-9, after he crashed a stolen car into a wooded area and then broke into a condo complex, authorities said.
At around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police in West Bridgewater responded to a report of a man that appeared to be losing consciousness while driving a gray Toyota, authorities said. After arriving, police said they saw the car driving in and out of travel lanes at the intersection of Manley and West Streets.
The car sped away in the wrong direction and into oncoming traffic when police tried to pull it over, authorities said. In driving away, the car struck another car as well.
Eventually, police said 30-year-old Jesse Marinaro crashed into a wooded area and ran into woods toward a condo complex before breaking into one of the units. The resident of the home chased Marinaro away and police were able to catch up to him, authorities said.
A struggle ensued with an officer and Marinaro on the ground, police said. At that time, police said, Marinaro tried to gain control of the officer’s Taser resulting in the device deploying and strike both individuals.
The officer was incapacitated for several seconds, but Marinaro took the Taser and ran away toward a cruiser and attempted to break into the car, police said. The locked doors prevented Marinaro from taking the car, authorities said, and he ran into the woods between West and Crescent Streets.
Police set up a perimeter with a K-9 unit and located Marinaro in a backyard on Crescent Street, authorities said.
Police said Marinaro refused to comply and officers released Fedor to help capture him. Marinaro, still in possession of the Taser, used the device to stun Fedor repeatedly, police said, however officers subbed Marinaro.
Two officers were treated at area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. Fedor is “doing well” and is expected to be OK too, police said.
Marinaro was taken to an area hospital where police arrested him and he will be arraigned in Brockton District Court on Friday.
He will be charged with assault and battery on a police officer and a police dog, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering in the daytime, receiving a stolen vehicle and other traffic infractions.
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