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Man shot twice with taser before leading police on foot chase

A Middletown man was shot with a taser twice by police after he refused to obey their commands and he was “playing with a needle in his hand,” according to the police report.

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Grayson Lawson, 37, was charged with drug abuse (needle), obstructing official business and resisting arrest Friday afternoon after a foot chase.

Middletown police were called twice to the area on a report that a man was “acting as if he’s on drugs,” the report said.

When Lawson was approached by officers and asked to stop, he refused and kept walking, the report said.

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When Lawson refused the orders, he was shot with a taser in his back, then in his side by another officer, the report said.

Lawson got some of the probes out of his body and shirt, the report said.

After a foot chase through several alleys, Lawson was stopped by police at Sherman Avenue and Moore Street.

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