Taser used after man grabs officer’s gun

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A traffic stop turned violent when a man resisted, hit and shoved an officer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police said Kenneth C. Allen eventually tried to take the officer’s gun and he has since been charged with the following:

  • Disarming a law enforcement officer, a felony
  • Battery, a felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, a felony
  • Possession of cocaine, a felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor
  • Possession of marijuana, hash oil, salvia or a synthetic drug, a misdemeanor

Court documents detailed how on Oct. 9 around 3:15 a.m., the Fort Wayne Police Department officer pulled over a tan SUV with a head light out. Allen pulled into the parking lot of The Pantry, a bar on Wells Street. The officer said Allen had what appeared to be a crack- pipe and purposefully stepped on it as the officer tried to gain control, the probable cause said.

The officer said Allen shoved and hit him. The probable cause indicates the officer took Allen to the ground as he continued to resist. The officer used pepper spray, but it had no effect on him. Allen then started to run south across the street.

Court documents indicated the officer strategically kicked Allen multiple times in a nerve on the side of his upper thigh to gain control of him. According to the affidavit, Allen didn’t seem to feel any pain.

Allen tried to run away again. When the officer caught up, Allen shoved the officer. That’s when Allen reached to grab the top of the officer’s pistol holster. Court documents said he pulled on it with “immense force.”

As the officer and Allen continued to struggle, another officer arrived as back up and deployed his taser, which the probable cause said was only partially effective. Before the officer arrived, court documents said the officer was “beginning to near the point of exhaustion.”

Allen was finally taken to the ground and arrested. When officer’s searched him, they found what appeared to be cocaine, marijuana and a rolled white paper that tested positive for THC.

The officer stated in the probable cause that he had pain in his leg and a few abrasions on his forearm.

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