- Associated Press - Saturday, December 23, 2017

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Police officers used stun guns multiple times on a 17-year-old boy during a scuffle in St. Cloud’s library, according to court documents.

The St. Cloud Times reports that according to a Stearns County juvenile court petition, a probation officer spotted Noah James Johnson, also known as James Johnson Boose, in the library on Dec. 19. Johnson had been adjudicated delinquent in December 2015 for burglary and had multiple warrants out for his arrest.

Police found him on the library’s second floor. Johnson fled, ignoring commands to stop. He broke free of two officers and ran down the stairs. Another officer used a stun gun on him but it had no effect and he kept running down the stairs and outside.

More officers finally restrained Johnson and brought him to the ground. Johnson kept fighting them and trying to reach toward the front of his body, yelling “just shoot me.” He banged his head against the cement and said he wanted to die.

Officers used stun guns multiple times to subdue him. Eventually they got him into handcuffs and leg irons.

Officers found a loaded handgun in Johnson’s front pocket. He faces two felony counts for possession of a firearm while underage and after being adjudicated a delinquent. He’s due in court Wednesday.

Karen Pundsack, executive director of Great River Regional Library, called the scuffle an isolated incident.

“A situation of this nature has never happened before, and police handled it quickly and efficiently,” she said.


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