Officer tases suspect in back, police department investigating

Officer tases suspect in back, police department investigating

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Blytheville police officials are investigating the tasing of a suspect in the back after he filed a citizen's complaint.

On July 4, Officer Stephen Sigman responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900-block of East Main.

According to Sigman's initial incident report, 24-year-old Chardrick Mitchell was preventing his ex-girlfriend from collecting her clothes from his apartment.

While the woman took her belongings to a nearby car, Sigman asked Mitchell for his information to complete a report.

He stated Mitchell refused to identify himself and said he did not have to give the officer any information.

"I told Mitchell, yes, he did and if he did not he would be arrested for obstruction," Sigman stated in his report. "I asked Mitchell for his information several more times, and he still refused."

Mitchell then began to yell and curse at the woman. Sigman said he told Mitchell to "watch his words" because a young child was in a nearby car. Sigman warned Mitchell that if he continued he would be arrested.

Sigman once again asked Mitchell for his name. He said Mitchell refused to cooperate then started to walk away.

Based on his body language and actions, the officer said he believed Mitchell was attempting to flee.

"I told Mitchell to stop, he was under arrest," Sigman said. "Mitchell continued to walk away. I deployed my Taser, striking him in the back."

After taking Mitchell into custody, Sigman took him to the Blytheville Police Department where he was checked by Pafford EMS then charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct, and failure to submit.

Police are looking at the citizen's complaint to determine if they need to launch an internal investigation for a policy violation, according to Captain Scott Adams, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Sigman remains on duty.

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