PULASKI COUNTY, AR – A local man is behind bars after authorities say he grabbed a taser from a sheriff’s deputy and fired it at the officer as he was trying to arrest him.
It happened Sunday night in the southern part of the county in an area off Highway 365 South.
Marcus Venson, 35, is charged with 2nd Degree Battery, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Fleeing.
Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) were first called to an address on Williams Rd. around 6 p.m., where a man reported Venson approached him in an aggressive manner and acted as if he had a weapon in his pocket. After being ordered to leave the man’s property, Venson walked away but returned about an hour later. The man said in the second encounter, Venson drove by his home and pointed a gun at him.
When deputies returned to the area, Venson reportedly drove off and a spike strip was used to stop him.
At that point, the PCSO says Venson struggled with deputies trying to arrest him and had to be repeatedly “drive-stunned”* with a taser. During the continued struggle, Venson managed to grab the taser, pointed it at one deputy and fired it at his face. One of the taser probes hit the deputy just below an eye. The suspect also fired the taser at another deputy, but missed.
Both the deputy and Venson were treated and released at area hospitals. Venson was then booked into the Pulaski County Jail.
*A drive stun does not involve deployment of the taser cartridge probes and is a pain compliance tactic. Neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) will not result from a drive stun application. [Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office].