Swat Team Uses Taser On Unarmed Double Amputee

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Swat Team Uses Taser On Unarmed Double Amputee

Postby Critique » 05 Apr 2007, Thu 5:59 pm


Apr 1, 2007

WILSONVILLE, OREGON - A bizarre standoff in Wilsonville took place between police and a double-amputee and ended with the suspect in the hospital.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, Newberg police tried to stop Christopher Wayne Larson, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. Larson attempted to escape and took his friend’s wife along for the ride.

The chase headed east on Wilsonville Road until Larson drove his red pickup truck into a filbert orchard on the north side of the road near River View Lane.

After his car became stuck in the mud, Larson barricaded himself in his car for several hours and would not cooperate with police negotiators. Using the sun to their advantage, the SWAT team moved in, broke a window and tasered him.

Larson’s rap sheet is filled with crimes involving theft, guns and drugs. His mother told negotiators his drug use causes severe paranoia. Negotiators didn’t know if he was in possession of any weapons. It turns out he didn’t. He was taken to the hospital for taser wounds. After his release Larson will be turned over to Newberg-Dundee police.

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