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Deputy jolts suspected intruder with Taser

Tue., Sept. 3, 2013, 12:40 p.m.

A man suspected of breaking into a Spokane Valley woman’s home and laughing at her as she called out for her husband was zapped with a Taser by sheriff’s deputies.

Christopher Lang, 31, is in the Spokane County Jail facing burglary, theft, resisting arrest and obstruction charges in connection with the early Monday encounter. He was treated at a hospital for injuries suffered during the Taser jolt before being booked into jail, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The intrusion occurred shortly after midnight Monday at a home in the 8400 block of East Jackson Avenue.

The victim reportedly awoke to the sound of someone entering the house and thought it was her husband. She called out several times but got no reply, then heard footsteps and looked up to find a stranger standing over her bed laughing, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

She yelled at the intruder, who then walked out of the bedroom and sat on the sofa as the woman’s husband got home, the sheriff’s office said. The intruder then left the house and walked down Argonne Road as the husband followed.

Police were called and sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Ellis spotting a man matching the description of the intruder walking south along Argonne Road. The sheriff’s office said the man ignored several commands to stop and Ellis shocked him with a Taser and took him into custody.


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