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On October 20, 2018 at approximately 2:23 a.m. a Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputy from our Ketchum Police Division responded to an intoxicated male in the backyard of a residence near Leadville Ave and 2nd Street in Ketchum, Idaho.
The deputy identified the subject as Angel Lira Jr., age 20 of Hailey, Idaho. Lira was highly intoxicated and was having difficulty responding to the deputy. Lira was unable to provide personal information, where he lives, or how he was getting home. Due to his level of intoxication, Lira was handcuffed for officer safety and placed in protective custody to be transported to the Blaine County Detention Center to sober up.
While being transported to the detention center, Lira was able to get his arms from behind his back to the front. Lira was then able slip off one of his handcuffs. Near the intersection of Main Street and Airport Way in Hailey, Lira began reaching his arm through the patrol vehicle’s cage window and grabbing at the locked rifle in the front seat. The rifle was never removed. The deputy quickly pulled over and tried to regain control of Lira. A physical confrontation ensued in which Lira was able to exit the rear of the patrol vehicle. Lira allegedly kicked and struck the deputy several times, then tried to grab his Taser. The deputy instructed Lira to stop resisting or he would be tased. Lira advanced towards the deputy and the deputy deployed his Taser. Lira was subdued, and with the assistance of a responding Hailey Police Officer, Lira was re-taken into custody.
Lira medically cleared before being booked in to the Blaine County Detention Center for felony Battery upon Certain Personnel, I.C. 18-0915, felony Attempt to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer, I.C. 18-915A, and misdemeanor Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, I.C. 18-705. He remains in custody pending arraignment.
“This was a very volatile and unfortunate situation,” said Sheriff Harkins. “All use of force is taken very seriously and every incident is reviewed by Command Staff. Given the circumstances and the risk posed to the officer, the use of the taser was the safest option to prevent further escalation.”
Sheriff Steve Harkins
Posted October 22, 2018 12:00 pm
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