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Local teen accidentally struck by police officer’s taser

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A 16-year-old boy, who officers thought was a potential suspect, was struck by a taser and tackled.

It happened Friday in the 800-block of W. Huntington Avenue.

According to a Jonesboro police report, a black male was squatting in some bushes.

The Jonesboro Police Department got a call saying a person in that same area fit the description of a suspect who fled from police earlier in the day.

When police approached the boy, he got up and ran.

The officer reportedly yelled for him to stop then pulled his taser and demanded the teen to get down again. The boy refused.

The officer discharged the taser and stuck the teen, according to the report.

The boy did not get down on the ground after being struck, that is when the officer tackled him.

The teen pulled ear buds from his ears and said he could not hear the officers demands. 

That is when police realized they had the wrong person.

Viola Henderson is the mother of the teen. She said she is still in shock and confused.

I'm trying not to rush to judgment, Henderson said. But with the police report, I did get upset

The report stated Henderson agreed to refuse medical treatment for her son; however, she said that is why she is confused because she never agreed to that.

According to Henderson, her child is in a sling because of an injury sustained during the tackle.

Im just curious how this happened in general, Henderson said. 

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