Police say Wareham man struggled with officers before being Tasered in police lockup
Wareham police used a Taser on a suspect who “became enraged” and allegedly broke Plexiglas in his cell Tuesday night before threatening “physical violence” on officers, authorities said.
Eduardo Fernandez III, 37, was arrested around 8:50 p.m. at the Woods at Wareham complex following “a service call to that location,” Wareham police said in a statement. He was informed at the police station that he’d be held at the lockup there without bail, which angered him.
“After being told he was being held without bail Mr. Fernandez became enraged and broke a piece of Plexiglas used to cover the inside of the cell door,” the statement said. “The piece was broken in such a way that it could be used as a weapon, prompting Sgt. Daniel Flaherty and Off. Calib Larue to enter the cell and retrieve the item.”
They had to physically subdue Fernandez, who became “combative” with the officers when they entered his cell, the statement said.
A few minutes later, Fernandez allegedly escalated his behavior.
He “covered the cell light with a blanket, making it impossible for officers to view him by camera,” the statement said. “Mr. Fernandez now threatened physical violence if officers entered the cell. Sgt. Flaherty and Off. Larue were assisted by Off. Ryan Turner and Mr. Fernandez became very combative, after being warned to calm down. A taser was used to subdue him and the items were removed from the cell.”
In addition to his initial warrant, Fernandez now faces a charge of vandalizing property, according to police. Police said that the Wareham resident has gotten physical with officers in the past.
“Mr. Fernandez was arrested back in November 2017 for a larceny from Walmart and during that arrest he became combative and resisted officers attempting to arrest him,” the statement said.