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Officers use Taser to stop suspect

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Deputies Tasered a man in the leg after they said he failed to comply with officers’ orders early Thursday morning outside an eastern Lincoln County restaurant.

An individual at Twin Oaks Bar and Grill in Denver contacted deputies shortly after 12 a.m. after discovering a man there had a warrant out for his arrest and was “threatening” to remove his electronic monitoring device, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Catawba County deputy responded to the site to assist Lincoln County deputies, according to a report.

Officers said Jeffery Dean Tucker, wanted for a felony probation violation, failed to yield when they commanded him to stop.

Instead, Tucker tried to flee the scene, prompting deputies to deploy a Taser cartridge into the man’s leg, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies charged him with one count each of interfering with an electronic monitoring device, felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer.

He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $51,000 secured bond with a next court appearance set for Sept. 18.

Tucker has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1986 and spanning three counties including Lincoln, Catawba and Iredell, the state’s Department of Correction website showed.

Felony offenses on his record include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, speeding to elude arrest, breaking and entering and common law robbery.

 

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