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.
Police hobbled Hutson and placed restraints on him before putting him in the police car on his side. He threatened officers and said, “I’m a killa, you’ll see, you’ll pay, watch,” police said.
After leaving the residence, officers went to take Hutson to the hospital to remove the barbs from the Taser, but on the way, he began trying to kick out the windows of the police car. Officers pepper-sprayed him on the forehead after he refused to stop kicking, police said.
He was taken to Oklahoma County jail and booked on complaints of possession of drugs, trafficking illegal drugs, threatening a police officer and resisting arrest. He remained in custody Tuesday without bail.
Hutson spent 18 years behind bars from 1995 to 2013 after convictions for delivering cocaine, assaulting a police officer, assaulting a corrections officer, drive-by shooting and possession of drugs, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.