Schenectady police search for 'menacing' man, use Taser on dog in process

Friday, March 15, 2013
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— Schenectady police came up empty while on the search for a man menacing drivers with a shotgun this afternoon, but not before using a Taser on a pit bull.

The department received a report today of a man with a shotgun in the area of 234 McClellan St., and around 2:56 p.m. received a 911 call that a light-skinned black or Hispanic man was behind it, according to a news release issued today. The caller said the suspect had menaced two individuals in a light blue or silver car, and the car fled the scene. The suspect then continued to threaten other motorists in the area, before fleeing inside of a residence at 234 McClellan St., located between Becker and Bradley streets.

Police surrounded the address, and ordered a man, woman and five children outside. The house was cleared and no shotgun was found. Police questioned the man, but he was released without any charges.

No one was injured in the incident, though officers did use a Taser to “take positive control over the family dog” when clearing the house, according to the release. The dog didn’t suffer any permanent damage, and was turned back over to the family.

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