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Man arrested after being tased during incident Monday morning in East Topeka

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:38 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Police tased a man Monday morning as they attempted to take him into custody in East Topeka, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 7:45 a.m. in the 1700 block of S.E. 24th. The location was about a block west of S.E. 24th and California Avenue.

Topeka police spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker said the incident took place as an officer was patrolling the area of the 1700 block of S.E. 24th Street and observed a suspicious person.

Police tased a man Monday morning as they attempted to take him into custody in the 1700 block...
Police tased a man Monday morning as they attempted to take him into custody in the 1700 block of S.E 24th Street in East Topeka, authorities said.(Phil Anderson)

Spiker said the officer tried to make contact with the person, but the individual fled on foot and was observed trying to enter a nearby house.

“The person did not comply with the officer’s commands,” Spiker said, “and the officer utilized their department-issued taser to take them into custody.

“After being taken into custody, it was discovered that the suspect had multiple warrants.”

The man who had been tased was evaluated at the scene by paramedics, including American Medical Response ambulance personnel.

“It is standard protocol when a taser deployment occurs for that person to be checked out by American Medical Response personnel,” Spiker said. “The suspect requested to go to the hospital. The suspect was medically cleared at the hospital a short time later.”

Spiker said the man, identified as Deshon M. Smith, 30, of Topeka, was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with offenses including:

• Possession of marijuana with one prior conviction.

• Use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

• Driving while suspended; speeding.

• Unlawful acts-vehicle registration violations.

• Vehicle liability insurance required.

• Interference with a law enforcement officer.

• Unlawful possession of marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol.

• Disobeying a lawful police order.

In addition to several Topeka Police Department units and AMR ambulance, the Topeka Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Additional details weren’t immediately available.

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