FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — A Marble Falls police officer used a Taser to subdue a 44-year-old man Aug. 25 after the man threw a knife at officers when they approached him for allegedly smashing windows out of a pickup.
Marble Falls police charged Stanley Bernard Abney with aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest and detention with previous convictions, criminal mischief and failure to identify/fugitive from justice and booked him into the Burnet County Jail.
Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said a caller reported a man burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of pawn shop located in the 2000 block of U.S. 281 at 8:19 a.m. When an officer arrived and approached the man, the suspect reached into his pocket.
“The officer feared he was pulling a gun,” Hanson said. But the man turned and raced across U.S. 281. As he was about halfway across the highway, a second Marble Falls officer arrived, and the two officers began chasing the suspect on foot.
As the suspect crossed a parking lot on the west side of the highway, he turned and threw something at one of the officers, who was less then 20 feet away from him.
Hanson said the object was a large knife.
“It came directly at the officer, but he moved out of the way,” the captain said. “They didn’t know he had the knife until he threw it at them.”
The two officers continued pursuing the man to an adjacent parking lot, where one of the officers used a Taser to subdue the suspect.
Since the man appeared to have no other weapon, Hanson said the officer chose to use the Taser.
“The Taser is a great option because it is less than lethal,” Hanson said. The Taser basically causes the body’s muscles to involuntarily contract so the individual cannot resist or fight.
Aggravated assault against a public servant is a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.