A burglary suspect was shocked with a Taser after refusing to exit a garage in Spokane Valley early Sunday, police said today.
Joshua Steven Coates, 31, "continued to resist and was forcibly taken to the ground and handcuffed" after the Taser was deployed in the 400 block of South McKee Street, according to a news release by Spokane Valley police Sgt. Dave Reagan.
Officers were called to the home about 3 a.m. by a resident who awoke to the sound of a burglary prowling his back deck, then kicking in a door to the garage, Reagan said.
Officers Mark Brownell and Seth Berrow found Coates inside the garage and said he appeared intoxicated and refused to obey commands.
"The suspect later told Officer Lamont Petersen that he thought he was at his ex-wife’s home and hadn’t kicked any doors," Reagan said. "The homeowner told police he didn’t know Coates and that he had feared for his life and the life of his sleeping five-year-old daughter."
Coates was booked into jail on charges of residential burglary and resisting arrest.