Taser stops suspect fleeing JPD

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – Running from a police officer is a risky proposition and on Friday in Jonesboro, a suspect learned the risk can be shocking.

It’s a reference to an incident Jonesboro police dealt with at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Monroe and Puryear. Officer Alex Duncan was looking to make contact with a suspect, Keith Derson Mucherson, 25, of Forrest City, who had a felony warrant for his arrest. Mucherson and several others tried to explain an incident which had allegedly occurred with a neighbor (detailed below) but then the arrestee began to walk away. Duncan told him to come back.

The officer then told the man she was contacted him because he had a possible warrant and for him to turn around and put his hands behind his back. In her incident report, she said he instead became visibly upset and began fleeing northbound on Puryear.

Mucherson. Source: CCSO
A foot pursuit began, with Duncan chasing him on Puryear and then westbound between two buildings. The suspect attempted to jump a chain link fence. While he was climbing over it, Duncan fired her taser. One probe made contact with his inner right thigh and “gave the desired effect,” her report said. He flipped over the fence and landed on his back.

Mucherson said he was done and not going to run anymore. The officer waited for backup as the (now) compliant suspect remained still. Mucherson was taken to St. Bernard’s Medical Center for medical attention.

At the hospital, a Craighead County Detention Center officer arrested Mucherson due to his charge being a bench warrant through the sheriff’s office. He was cited for fleeing as well.

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