A Wyoming man charged with domestic violence made a failed attempt to avoid being Tasered by police when he covered himself in paint and told officers the shock would kill him, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Saturday.
"You see all this water-based paint?" Brain Mettert, covered in white latex paint, allegedly asked the officers, who were responding to a report of domestic violence at his home in Cheyenne earlier this month. "You shoot me with that and you'll kill me."
The officers urged the increasingly defiant suspect to surrender and explained that the paint would not affect the Taser's capability or cause his death if the weapon was used, the paper said.
But Mattert continued to resist the officers and was shocked twice by their Tasers, which indeed did not kill him.
He was jailed at the Laramie County prison on charges of domestic violence, assault and battery, interference with a peace officer and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
"Tasers are clearly useful and effective tools for law enforcement to use to actually procure the arrest and maintain the safety of those being arrested," Cheyenne Police Sgt. Rob Dafoe told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. "Thousands of law enforcement agencies utilize Tasers in their arsenal of police equipment."
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