Denver Police Subdue Knife-Wielding Man on Bus

The agitated man was using a kitchen knife to slash and stab bus seats, police said.


DENVER -- Denver police used a Taser to subdue a knife-wielding man on an RTD bus Thursday morning.

The man was taken into custody about 7:50 a.m. after officers tackled him and shocked him with the stun gun, an officer told 7NEWS reporter Eric Lupher at the scene.

Police were initially called at 7 a.m. on a report of an armed man refusing to get off a bus at East Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street, a dispatcher said.

The agitated man was using a kitchen knife to slash and stab bus seats, police said.

He scared passengers and threatened at least one passenger, police said.

On police radio, officers were requesting bulletproof shields and less-lethal weapons.

Officers approached the man on the bus and tried to disarm him, but he lunged for a nearby backpack, police said. Officers tackled the man and stunned him with the Taser.

The man was removed from the bus in handcuffs. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center for evaluation, which is a routine precaution for anyone who has been shocked with a Taser, police said.

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