BODYCAM: Officer Tased by Suspect During Scuffle

By Calibre Press  |   Nov 13, 2018

As reported by 

An Evansville Police Department officer was injured Wednesday morning investigating a suspicious person at a Southeast Side elementary school.

The officer received facial injuries after scuffling with a man near Fairlawn Elementary School, 2021 S. Alvord Blvd., according to a news release. The officer was treated and released from a local hospital while the suspect, 22-year-old Logan Stidham, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail after being checked out a local hospital. 

Stidham faces charges of battery with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, resisting law enforcement, trespass and theft. 

According to the news release from the police department, Stidham was at the front doors of Fairlawn around 6:50 a.m. and was acting suspiciously. A school employee asked him why he was at the school and he replied he had a child in daycare there. The employee told police they knew the claim to be false and called 911. 

The officer, Sean Reed, found Stidham near the school and tried to question him. Police said Stidham was uncooperative and wouldn’t comply with officers’ instructions. Reed said Stidham pulled away while he was trying to handcuff him so Reed used his Taser on Stidham but it didn’t subdue him. 

A fight between Reed and Stidham began, and the two wrestled on the ground. Stidham got Reed’s Taser and discharged it on the Reed’s face. The officer was able to gain control of Stidham’s hands and wrists until another officer arrived. 

A second Taser was used on Stidham when he refused to get off of Reed. Police said the second officer used physical force to stop Stidham and “additional force was used” to take Stidham into custody. 

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