Petaluma police said a man who punched a worker in the face at an alcoholics anonymous club was then hit with a police Taser barb when he took a fighting stance and taunted an officer to fire the shock weapon.
The electric barb hit suspect Bryan Robey, 41, in the back, as the man had turned to run as the officer fired, Sgt. Ron Klein said in a news release. Officers then arrested Robey outside of the Alano Club on Petaluma Boulevard North.
Klein said Robey walked into the club Monday afternoon and began yelling and causing trouble. He was escorted outside by employees and police were called. While outside, the suspect allegedly hit a 61-year-old staff member twice in the face, causing swelling and a cut.
Officer Dario Giomi confronted the suspect on the property and said Robey wouldn’t follow orders, instead alternated between walking away from the officer or turning and putting up his hands in front of him as if to fight. He also yelled at the officer to “tase him,” Klein said.
At one point the suspect began walking toward the officer in an aggressive manner and Giomi fired the probe, according to the report.
Robey was arrested on two misdemeanors, suspicion of resisting arrest and battery. He also was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant.
Officers took him to Petaluma Valley Hospital for medical assessment then he was booked into the Sonoma County Jail where he remained in custody Wednesday morning without bail.
The Alano Club offers alcoholics and narcotics anonymous meetings.