Police use stun gun to subdue local man

A Columbus police officer used a stun gun twice to subdue a man who ran from law enforcement after a report of a suspicious person in the area of 15th Street and Lafayette Avenue.

Peter K. Lankey, 39, 3573 Cardinal Lane, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief, resisting law enforcement and an Indiana parole warrant after he took off on foot when police tried to talk to him at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Columbus Police Sgt. Kyle Young tried to talk to Lankey, who fled on foot between nearby houses, Harris said.

Young found Lankey attempting to climb a privacy fence in a back yard and used his stun gun to try to stop him after Lankey damaged the fence and refused to lay on the ground, Harris said.

Lankey then turned toward Young and took a “fighting stance,” Harris said. Young used the stun gun a second time as Lankey approached him, Harris said. Young was able to get Lankey on the ground at that point, Harris said.

Lankey is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.