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Grandmother calls on police

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The boy’s grandmother visited the police station just before 3 p.m. to tell police her grandson had called her and asked her for money to get a haircut.

She knew there was a warrant for his arrest and agreed to call police when he arrived outside their agreed meeting place near Chud’s restaurant on Napoleon Street, according to a police report.

When Officer Joseph Helle pulled up in his police cruiser, the boy spotted him and took off running north onto Jackson Street.

Helle pulled up beside him and told him to stop, but he kept running. Helle left his car at an alley and started to chase him.

The short foot pursuit continued through several backyards, though Helle yelled for the boy to stop and warned him he would be stunned if he didn’t, according to police reports.

When the boy started to pull away from the officer, Helle deployed the Taser in a front yard in the 300 block of Jackson Street.

The boy fell backward and hit the ground and a sidewalk, causing scrapes to his head and back.

Paramedics took him to the hospital for an examination, then he was taken to the juvenile detention center on the warrant and an additional charge of obstructing official business.

“Most people will stop when they see you,” Chief Tim Wiersma said. “It’s sad that the juvenile took this that far.”

When officers use their Tasers, they’re required to fill out several additional reports, including a report from the supervisor determining whether the weapon was property used.

Sgt. Ty Conger found Helle was justified in using the Taser to subdue a juvenile fleeing on an active warrant.

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