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Man faces felony after allegedly taking Taser from officer

Bryan James Hathaway, 32, appeared before a St. Louis County judge on Tuesday following an incident where he allegedly took an officer’s Taser.

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A man who has a prior conviction for assaulting an officer faces a felony and multiple misdemeanors after allegedly taking an officer's Taser last week .

Bryan James Hathaway, 32, was charged Tuesday with a felony for allegedly disarming a police officer; two gross misdemeanors for obstructing legal process and assault on a police officer in the fourth degree; and a misdemeanor for fleeing on foot.

The charges follow an incident on Friday afternoon where Hathaway allegedly took a Taser from an officer’s hand after resisting arrest. He then allegedly pointed it at an officer’s face, according to a news release.

Officers took the stun gun back and handcuffed the suspect. Duluth Police Department Chief Mike Tusken said the use of force was reasonable after reviewing a video of the incident.

"In use-of-force incidents, we conduct an administrative review to ensure officers' actions were reasonable and within policy training and legislation," Tusken said in a statement.


Hathaway was convicted of a felony for assaulting a police officer in 2013, according to public county court documents. Five years before that, he was convicted of having sexual contact with a dead deer in Douglas County.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Hathaway’s bail was set at $7,500 or supervised release for the charges.

According to the complaint:

  • The Duluth Police Department was dispatched to a report of an “unwanted male” at Tri-Towers Apartments in Duluth around 2 p.m. on Friday

  • Officers approached the defendant, and then said he ran

  • One officer "grabbed" the defendant near a bus shelter located on the other side of the street

  • The defendant then tried to “pull away” from an officer and resisted arrest after an officer told him to get on the ground

  • The defendant took a Taser from an officer during the altercation, which the officers pried back out of the defendant’s hands

  • Additional officers arrived, and the defendant was brought to the ground

  • While on the ground, the defendant bit one of the officer’s fingers

Bryan James Hathaway

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