Machete-wielding man asks police to "kill him"

Machete-wielding man asks police to "kill him"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was tased twice and taken into custody Tuesday morning after allegedly threatening police officers with a machete.

Police had their encounter with Justin D. Cooper just after 10 a.m. Tuesday at apartments in the 400-block of South Gee Street in Jonesboro.

According to the report, police were called to the scene in response to a man holding a machete and making threats.

Officer John Shipman said in the report that Cooper said he "would not be going to jail" and police would have to "kill him."

Officer Shipman encountered Cooper between a pair of apartment buildings, writing that the two were about 30-35 feet apart at the time. Shipman says that is when he drew his service weapon, commanding Cooper to drop the machete. Cooper did not obey and continued to hold the weapon, at one point the report said he raised the machete in a threatening manner while he continued to move closer to Officer Shipman.

The report states that was when two more officers, Chris Perry and Jonathan Haggens, arrived at the scene.  Officer Perry positioned himself behind Cooper and used his taser on Cooper, hitting him with it twice before Cooper dropped the machete.  At that time he was placed under arrest.

Justin Cooper is facing charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, carrying a weapon and resisting arrest.

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