A man facing felony drug charges is accused of grabbing a Smyrna police officer’s Taser and using it against him Monday, authorities said.
Mark Anthony Antunez, 20, of Marietta, got into a scuffle during his arrest in front of a home on Burbank Circle when he grabbed the officer’s Taser and discharged it, “incapacitating the officer,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
First responders rushed the officer to the hospital after he was struck twice by the Taser, once on his body and once in his groin, Channel 2 reported.
A police spokesman told the news station that Antunez’s actions made it dangerous for officers on the scene, and they’re thankful he didn’t reach for the officer’s gun. The officer hasn’t been identified.
Antunez faces four felony charges, including aggravated assault against an officer, willful obstruction of an officer, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, Cobb County Jail records show. He also has holds placed on his record by Marietta police and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
He remains in jail without bond as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.