Texas cop puts away gun and uses Taser to arrest unarmed but ‘aggressive’ self-proclaimed terrorist
A Texas police officer made a judgement call and swapped his gun for a Taser, which he used to subdue and arrest a shirtless and aggressive man who claimed to be an ISIS terrorist.
The Arlington police officer stopped Wahib Sadek Hamed as part of an investigation into a reported aggravated assault Monday afternoon, and the school resource officer said the 22-year-old got out and started walking toward him in an “aggressive manner,” reported the Star-Telegram.
The officer, whose name was not released, noticed Hamed’s hands were empty, so he put away his service weapon and took out his Taser, police said.
He wrestled with Hamed before he managed to stun him with the non-lethal weapon, and two passersby helped the officer arrest the man.
A witness, Mohammad Ileiwat, recorded video of the incident that he later posted on his Facebook page, saying Hamed “got tased one good time” but continued struggling with the officer.
Ileiwat said Hamed appeared to be trying to talk to someone through his watch, and he claimed during the arrest to be affiliated with Islamic State militants.
Police found several guns in Hamed’s car after his arrest.
He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a public servant and harassment of a public servant after police said he spit on an officer.
Bond was set at $60,000.
FBI agents are investigating whether Hamed’s possible ties to terrorist groups, but they haven’t found any evidence yet to back those claims.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating the case.
Watch video of the arrest posted online by the Star-Telegram: