A man who allegedly broke into several vehicles remains hospitalized with a head injury after a confrontation with police.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said he could not release the man’s name, as he has not been charged with any crimes.
Golden said “I assume that he is” still hospitalized due to a head injury the male experienced by striking his head on the roadway after he was tasered by an MPD officer.
The police chief said he did not know the severity of the individual’s current condition. He said he spoke with the male’s family Saturday, who told Golden the individual was still at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at that point.
According to the Marysville Division of Police, a resident from the 1400 block of Milridge Drive called 911 to report a suspicious male at 7:03 p.m. July 16.
The caller said on the 911 call that she believed the male “is high,” adding he was acting erratically and entering vehicles. She said she believed he was attempting to start the vehicles.
Golden said he believed the subject entered unlocked vehicles and went “in and out of two cars.”
The 911 caller said the subject approached her residence and asked who she was. She said her mother told the man to “stay back.”
Upon arrival at the scene, officers found the man sitting inside a red Ford Fusion.
When the subject was confronted, he allegedly exited the vehicle and fell to the ground. According to MPD, he then jumped to his feet and ran from the officer and onto Milford Avenue.
A second officer confronted the man on Milford Avenue.
“The suspect continued to act erratically and was ordered to the ground, but then got back on his feet and refused to comply with the verbal instructions of the officers,” a release from MPD stated.
The release indicated the male then approached one of the officers “in a confrontational manner and assumed a fighting stance.”
The subject was tasered one time and fell in the roadway, striking the back of his head.
According to the MPD release, “the suspect resisted being handcuffed and was restrained until EMS arrived.”
Paramedics from the Marysville Division of Fire responded to the scene and transported the male to Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“This is a very unfortunate situation with an individual that exhibited signs of being under the influence and then refused the direction of our officers,” Golden included in the release. “We are concerned about his medical condition and have been in contact with family members of the suspect.”
Golden said the incident is currently under investigation.
He said there was damage to the inside of one of the vehicles the male entered and any associated, potential criminal charges would be reviewed throughout the investigation.
Golden said no individuals were injured during the incident, aside from the male subject.
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