Last week, a Lancaster deputy opted to use the new Taser over deadly force when the deputy was confronted by a knife-wielding man, authorities said.
Around 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, Lancaster deputies responded to a home in the 43700 block of Mikosasky Avenue after a caller reported that a man with a knife was threatening to kill his mother, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
When the deputies entered the kitchen area of the home, they were confronted by 23-year-old Paul Salvador, who was armed with a knife and highly agitated, Rust stated.
Salvador refused deputies’ orders to drop the knife and lunged at one of the deputies instead, Rust said.
That deputy deployed one of the newly assigned X26 Tasers to stop Salvador’s advance and was able prevent him from assaulting anyone, Rust stated.
Once incapacitated by the Taser, Salvador was taken into custody without further incident.
Salvador was arrested for making criminal threats and assault on a peace officer, and he was booked at Lancaster Station on $50,000 bail.
The deputy commented that without the new X26 Taser, he would have had little choice but to use deadly force to prevent the assault, Rust said.
For more information regarding the new Tasers, read “New Tasers arrive for local sheriff’s stations.”