Oklahoma City police used a Taser and pepper spray recently to subdue a longtime felon as he was arrested on drug complaints.
About 7:45 p.m. July 2, officers in the gang unit went to a house in the 11000 block of NE 43 to investigate reports of people selling drugs.
When officers arrived there, several people began to flee, and all but two officers chased after them, police reported.
The two officers remaining at the front of the house put Steven Hutson, 38, in handcuffs to search him for weapons. As they were walking Hutson to a patrol car, they noticed him trying to pull something from his back pocket, police reported.
An officer noticed a small plastic bag in his hand and told him to drop it, according to the report. At that point, officers said Hutson began to struggle with them and try to run away. After failing to subdue Hutson by pushing him up against a squad car, one of the officers used a Taser to shock Hutson, who was still holding the small plastic bag, police said.
Hutson continued to struggle with officers after being shocked once, so the officer shocked him again, which caused him to fall to the ground. He continued to fight with officers, but they eventually were able to get the bag, which contained about 0.2 gram of cocaine, police said.
Police also confiscated 29 grams of cocaine and a .38-caliber revolver from the residence, according to a police report.