Florida Man Grabs Taser from Deputy – Gets Shot

Florida man Edward Townsend III, 35, of The Villages, is in the hospital after he fought with Marion County Deputies, took one of their tasers, and got shot for it.

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Townsend called 911 to report some domestic disturbance, but while on the phone, he stated he was going to get his gun and “take care of the situation himself.”

“The 911 call taker tried to get more information from him. And at that point, he told the call taker, ‘Look, I’m going to just take care of it myself. I’ve got a gun. I’m going to take care of it myself. Hangs up on the 911 call taker,” Lt. Paul Bloom, Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the 17100 block of 71st Lewisfield Terrace in the villages at around 9:30 p.m. Upon arrival, the deputies found no domestic situation. Townsend then came out from the shadows near the residence. Before the deputies could find out what was happening, a fight broke out between Townsend and the deputies. One of the deputy’s pulled his taser to subdue him, but Townsend was able to grab hold of the deputy’s taser during the fight. Before he could deploy the taser and subdue the deputies, Townsend was shot by the second deputy.

Townsend was transported to the Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. He is expected to recover, and when he’s released from the hospital, he will be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and depriving an officer of their weapon.

Per Policy, the deputy who fired their weapon is on paid administrative leave until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation is concluded.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why Townsend called 911 in the first place, saying Townsend was the only problem they had in the neighborhood that evening.


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