Deputies use stun gun on Calif. air passenger

AP News
Posted: Jan 10, 2012 9:59 PM
Deputies use stun gun on Calif. air passenger

A sheriff's deputy shocked an airline passenger with a stun gun three times after the man refused to complete a Sacramento airport's screening process and ran into a secure area, authorities said Tuesday.

Edwin Barton, 26, arrived at Sacramento International Airport on an inbound flight earlier in the day, but told security officials he needed to go back inside the airport's secure area to get some belongings.

When Transportation Security Administration officials told Barton he would have to be screened again, he became argumentative and picked up his bag and ran, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

A sheriff's deputy chased after him with a Taser gun and stunned him once, but Barton tried to pull out the barbs so the deputy stunned him two more times, Ramos said.

After he was subdued, Barton was handcuffed by another deputy and taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Barton was booked into Sacramento County Jail, where he was being held on misdemeanor charges of suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and unlawfully accessing the secure area of an airport.