NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man was accused of punching and threatening police officers from Norwalk and Shelton during an arrest early Thursday, police said.
Shelton Police asked Norwalk Police for help in arresting John Burns, 37, of Scofield Place early Thursday, police said.
Burns was wanted on threatening charges in Shelton after making phone calls and sending text messages to his ex-wife, claiming he would “smoke her out” and “find her and kill her,” according to police reports. He also made threats to Shelton officers when contacted Tuesday, police said.
Burns was also wanted on a warrant for a probation violation, according to judicial system records. When police arrived at his house to serve the arrest warrant at about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, he ran away from his door after seeing officers, according to police reports.
Officers went into Burns’ home to arrest him, and he began to swing his arms “wildly,” police said. He struck officers several times during the struggle, according to police reports.
Officers hit Burns with a Taser in order to finish the arrest, police said, and he was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment. While there, he pulled the Taser darts out of his skin and threw them at a Norwalk Police officer, police said.
Burns was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and one count each of interfering with police, disorderly conduct and refusal to be fingerprinted for the Norwalk incident. He was held on $50,000 bond and was taken to court Thursday.