Officer uses Taser to subdue man with knife in chest

Staff reports

A Perry Township, Ohio, police officer used his Taser gun to subdue a man Saturday who reportedly walked out of a hospital restroom with a knife in his his chest.

Officer Dan Dale deployed the Taser after Robert W. Shaw was ordered to drop the knife five or six times, but refused, according to Perry Police Chief Mike Pomesky.

During the incident, Shaw allegedly pulled the knife from his chest and raised it above his head in a threatening manner. Shaw dropped the weapon after he was hit by the Taser and was secured to a hospital bed.

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the Aultman Hospital emergency room.

Dale was at the hospital awaiting the completion of a medical evaluation for a 38-year-old township woman before she was booked into the Stark County Jail on a domestic violence charge, according to Pomesky.

The Independent (Massillon, Ohio)