August 23, 2012
Man Tasered after deacon assaulted
By Marc Girard, QMI Agency
WINDSOR, ONT. - Police had to use a Taser on a man they said assaulted a church deacon while chanting in an intimidating voice and sweating profusely.
When officers arrived at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor, Ont., at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday, they were quickly ushered inside by parishioners who had been there for the noon mass.
“Someone urged the officers to ‘get inside quick,’” police said in a release Thursday. Officers noted those leaving the church looked concerned and some children were crying.
When officers entered the church, they discovered a 46-year-old man in a scuffle with the church’s deacon, Gerard Charette.
The man, who was not identified by police, was holding Charette by the shoulders near the alter of the church, “chanting loudly in an intimidating voice” and “sweating profusely.”
Officers ordered the man to release Charette, but he did not. The officers then moved in and tried to place the man under arrest. The suspect struggled with the officers and “displayed enormous strength,” police said. A Taser was used to subdue the man before he was handcuffed.
Police said the man continued to yell chants and struggle with officers before he was taken by ambulance to hospital for assessment.
Church officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.