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Man breaks ribs, clavicle after police use Taser on him

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

A man suffered multiple broken bones when he fell down stairs after officers used a Taser on him Tuesday night, police said.

The man’s wife told police he had threatened her and their 12-year-old daughter with a gun during an argument at their house in the 1000 block of North Water, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The house is between Broadway and Waco a few blocks west of the campus of Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

The 29-year-old mother and her daughter left the house after the man pulled out the gun and threatened to kill them, Nolte said. When officers arrived, the man came outside two different times, but refused to obey commands. When he came out a third time, he continued to ignore commands.

Officers used a Taser so they could take him into custody, but he fell down stairs and was injured, Nolte said. The 42-year-old man was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where doctors discovered he had sustained two broken ribs and a broken clavicle in the fall.

He has been placed into the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis, Nolte said. Upon his recovery, he will be arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Officers found a handgun just inside the residence’s front door and more weapons elsewhere in the house, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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