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DECATUR — Police said officers used stun guns to apprehend a 54-year-old man who resisted arrest after a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. 

A signed affidavit said an officer pulled over a Pontiac Grand Am after it made an improper right turn onto North Main Street from West Kenwood Avenue. The man taken into custody was the front seat passenger in the car, the affidavit said, and the officer knew him from previous police interactions. 

After writing the car's driver a warning, the officer asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. The driver told the officer there was a small amount of cannabis inside, the affidavit said.

When the passenger was ordered to get out of the vehicle so it could be searched, the affidavit said he became uncooperative and aggressive. 

The affidavit said that the man has threatened to kill and punch the officer in their previous interactions, so the officer did not feel comfortable searching him as he walked around freely. The officer attempted to place him in handcuffs, but the man put his elbow into the officer's stomach and shoved him backward. 

The officer used the stun gun on the man after he refused to get on the ground, the affidavit said. The man ripped the gun wires off of his chest and screamed before clenching his fists and started moving toward the officer.

Another officer at the scene shot the man in the back with his stun gun, the affidavit said. Both officers were eventually able to place handcuffs on the man and take him to the Macon County Jail. 

The man faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery against a police officer and aggravated resisting arrest/obstructing a police officer, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

He was held in the Macon County Jail on Friday in lieu of $20,000 bond. The man is due in court on Nov. 9. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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Government reporter for the Herald & Review.

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