Cops use Taser on suspect with knife

A 52-year-old man attempted to goad Grand Junction police officers into shooting him by drawing a pocket knife during an early morning encounter on Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Johnny William Clark was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony menacing, as well as resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

According to the police report, Clark was first contacted by officers at Riverside Park, 675 W Colorado Ave., at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Dispatchers reported that there was an active warrant out for Clark’s arrest for a parole violation, and upon hearing the information air over the radio, Clark put a hand in his pocket and pulled out a pocket knife, according to the affidavit.

Two officers on scene told him to drop the knife, and he allegedly told them to shoot him, and that he was not going back to prison.

One officer deployed a Taser, which was not successful, and Clark fled the scene.

During the chase, Clark was tased multiple times by multiple officers, which were unsuccessful, according to the report.

At one point, he put the knife to his throat and again said he was not going back to prison.

Clark was surrounded by officers at the corner of Chuluota Avenue and West Main Street, according to the affidavit.

He finally was successfully tased, and an officer struck Clark’s arm with a wooden baton to get him to drop the knife.

Clark was arrested and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation. He was cleared of injuries and booked into the Mesa County Jail.


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