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Police: suspect spit out drugs after being shot with stun gun

Pittsburgh-area police officers who arrested an area man on suspicion of drug possession claim that the man initiated the physical confrontation that led them to electrocute the man with a stun gun. While being shocked multiple times with the stun gun, the man spat out several small packages that contained crack cocaine, a police report said.

The arrest came after several officers performed a traffic stop on a pickup truck in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, around 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 5. The suspect was one of two passengers in the vehicle, which the officers said they pulled over due to not having enough seat belts.

As officers questioned the truck's driver, the suspect reportedly exited the vehicle. The officers ordered him to return to the truck and the man, 56 and a resident of Ambridge, "mumbled" a response, according to the officers.

At that point, a physical struggle ensued. It is not clear from media reports who initiated the confrontation. Police say that while wrestling with the suspect, something fell from his mouth that they claim was crack and the officers could see "something white" under his tongue, according to the Beaver County Times.

The suspect then knocked one of the officers' hat and sunglasses off his head. In reaction, another officer shot the suspect with a stun gun. While he was being electrocuted, two more objects fell from his mouth. The officer continued to shock the suspect until he had spit out 19 more pieces. The police report later claimed that the man was attempting to swallow the 19 pieces.

The officers arrested the man on suspicion of drug possession, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other charges.

Source: Beaver County Times, "Mumbling man's mouthful leads to charges," Bill Utterback, Feb. 16, 2012

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