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Police Use Taser To Subdue Armed 80-Year-Old In Wheelchair

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A SWAT team officer in Milton, Washington got quite a surprise this week when an armed elderly man in a wheelchair charged towards him screaming “I have nothing to live for.”

The SWAT team was initially called to the senior citizen’s apartment complex after a report was called in of a suicidal man armed with a handgun at the property. Officers cleared several apartments, but the man managed to escape the premises on his electric wheelchair before police could detain him.

Minutes later, the 80-year-old man was spotted hiding in bushes about two blocks away. As an officer approached him, the man charged forward in his wheelchair. Since the man was both armed and mentally unstable, an officer used a Taser to subdue him.

Police later confirmed the man had a .9mm handgun on him.

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“They did find a handgun on him. He had what appeared to be a semiautomatic 9mm handgun tucked into a makeshift holster,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer told KIRO-TV.

The man was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital. Troyer says the elderly man couldn't be taken lightly just because of his age.

“It didn’t make him any less dangerous than anyone else who’s armed and depressed and suicidal,” he said.