Police responded to a call that 27-year-old Zachary Pratt was causing a disturbance inside a business on Hospital Drive on Saturday night.
The Juneau Police Department tweeted that officers were at the Driftwood Hotel “for a suicidal male with a firearm. Stay out of the area until everything is safely resolved.”
A police officer’s affidavit identifies a man accused of dangerously driving across Juneau on Saturday and swerving at police officers as the same man shot in a Taser-machete incident last week.
According to the police, the driver had been fighting with his mother, who was trying to get him to accept medical help.
According to a police news release, several incidents led to the use of force.
Part of the bureau’s mandate is to investigate color of law abuses. Color of law describes someone given authority by a local, state or federal agency.
According to city attorney Robin Koutchak, the Sitka Police Department requested the review directly and the investigation began Monday.
“It’s pretty astounding that the young man was Tased multiple times and didn’t comply. Because immediately you want to … it hurts!” said Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt.
It’s not pretty to watch. Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt is candid about that.
Officers used hands, baton, pepper spray and a Taser in just over 3 percent of arrests last year.