JPD officer uses Taser on man with machete

The Juneau Police Department reports one of its officers used a Taser on a 23-year-old man wielding a machete on Thursday night.

According to a police news release, several incidents led to the use of force.

The man’s stepfather had reported a fight between his wife and the 23-year-old man, and locking the stepson, who was carrying a machete, out of a home in the area of Radcliffe Road and Berners Avenue.

Then, police received multiple reports from other callers in the area of the man threatening to damage property, including two cars parked at a business in the 9300 block of Glacier Avenue.

According to the release, when police confronted him, the man ran and at one point “tossed” the machete toward the police officers. An officer shot the man with a Taser, and he was taken into custody.

He was checked for minor injuries at the hospital and put in protective custody for treatment of a mental health emergency. Police are seeking charges for assault and criminal mischief. They did not name the man.

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

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