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Rohnert Park officers taser knife-wielding man

Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.

Rohnert Park officers used stun guns to subdue a 24-year-old man after he confronted them with a knife, police said.

Family members of Anthony Rodriguez, 24, of Rohnert Park called police to their Adrian Drive home just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, believing he was on drugs and experiencing a mental health crisis, Sgt. Eric Matzen said.

Rodriguez was throwing furniture in a kitchen when four officers entered the home near Santa Barbara Drive, Matzen said. Rodriguez brandished a knife and threatened to kill them if they tried to arrest him, he said.

The encounter became violent, and two officers fired stun guns, striking Rodriguez three times, Matzen said. Rodriguez dropped the knife after the third hit, he said.

Rodriguez was treated for minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and resisting arrest with a threat of violence, Matzen said.

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