Man In Underwear Shot By A Stun Gun At Florida Airport

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A man who was nearly naked, with only an underwear to cover himself, was shot with a stun gun in Tallahassee, Florida. The man was contacted by the police but made a statement that he had a plane to catch and sped off inside the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

The man was identified as Chris Haynes, a student from Florida A&M University, who was first seen at the main entrance of the airport. After leaving his vehicle unattended at the drop-off loading area, he rushed to the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, amidst authorities stopping him. Before we was arrested, he acquired Taser wounds in the back and the buttocks, but he remained uninjured, the police said. It was later confirmed that Haynes did not have any airline ticket. Although it was not confirmed that it was brought to the airport, Haynes was also said to have possessed nunchukas, which are fighting sticks used for martial arts.

In a police report, the officer who used his Taser stated that he did not know how close the other officers were; all he wanted was to stop Haynes from reaching the airport terminal. "The TSA checkpoint is not secure, and the subject may have been able to access the airside of the airport terminal," the police report read. According to Chris Curry, the airport director, the runway traffic does not start until after 6 am. He confirmed that the incident did not have a significant impact on airport operations.

During the police interview, Haynes said that he knew he was being chased and told to stop but said that he always wanted to be Tasered. After saying that his name was God, he also said in a statement that he "was deep within sleep, like beyond sleep." According to the court records, the police department was not able to determine if Haynes was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Haynes was brought to the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare for further assessment and was taken into custody under the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, as stated in the police report.

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