Officers Use Taser in Arrest of Scooter Driver On Gun Charges

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BELL GARDENS (CNS) - A 26-year-old man suspected of trying to flee from being ticketed by Bell Gardens Police Department officers for riding a motorized scooter on a sidewalk was shot by a stun gun and arrested on a weapons charge, the department announced Monday.

Bell Gardens Police Department officers were patrolling near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Clara Street around 7:50 p.m. Sunday when they saw a group of motorized scooter riders crossing the intersection from a sidewalk in violation of the California Vehicle Code, said Lt. Rigoberto Barrios.

Officers contacted Roberto Sanchez on the sidewalk of the southeast corner of the intersection to give him a ticket, Barrios said. Sanchez try to flee and officers "made numerous attempts to detain and control" Sanchez, but he continued to resist, Barrios said.

Officers took Sanchez to the ground, then shot him with a stun gun and took him into custody without further incident, Barrios said.

During a search, Sanchez was found to be in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a loaded magazine, Barrios said.

Sanchez was booked for carrying a concealed loaded firearm, a felony, Barrios said.

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