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Waco man tased after pulling knife on officer

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 3:42pm

A Waco police officer suffered minor injuries during a scuffle with a wanted man Friday night.

At 9:30 p.m., the officer pulled over a vehicle with no taillights driven by Gerald Wayne Guthrie, 43, of Waco, near the intersection of New Road and Waco Drive. When they approached the vehicle, Guthrie, who was trying to hide a baggie of methamphetamine, jumped out and ran into traffic on New Road.

The suspect was caught quickly and was being taken back to the patrol car when he became combative and pulled a knife from his pocket. The officer tased Guthrie, initially putting him on the ground. After a brief struggle, he got away and was caught a second time with the help of a Paladin security officer.

Once in custody, Guthrie was found to be wanted on a burglary, theft and breaking parole. In addition, he is now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and traffic fines.

During a search of Guthrie’s vehicle, several stolen items from a Woodway Police Department case were recovered. Additional charges may be filed by Woodway P.D. at a later time.

The officer received minor injuries during the struggle.

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