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Mayoral Candidate in Pennsylvania Tased for Resisting Arrest

A mayoral candidate in Carlisle, Pa., was shot with a Taser and arrested this week after he challenged police to a fight when they responded to a call for an out-of-control person, officials say.

By Mari A. Schaefer

A mayoral candidate in Carlisle, Pa., was shot with a Taser and arrested this week after he challenged police to a fight when they responded to a call for an out-of-control person, officials say.

Scott Edward Robinson, 33, was remanded to the Cumberland County Prison after failing to post $75,000 bail on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct following the incident Tuesday, according to public records.

Robinson, a Republican, is running to unseat borough mayor Tim Scott in November.

About 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Carlisle police responded to "unwanted out of control subject" call where they found Robinson using power tools to remove the front door of a residence, PennLive reported.

Robinson, who owns  the property, was at the home because of issues with the female tenant. The renter told police Robinson came unannounced and tried to push his way into the home, the report said.

The victim told police Robinson "was so out of control ... she was afraid he was going to hurt her," Carlise Police Cpl. Andres Van Volkenburg wrote in his report on the incident, PennLive said.

Robinson couldn't keep his thoughts together and jumped from issues at hand to problems that had nothing to do with the situation, Van Volkenburg wrote.

Robinson argued with police when they said they were going to take him into custody. He then challenged one officer to a one-on-one fight and took up a "rigid fighting stance," according to the story.

When Robinson would not comply with officers, he was shot with a Taser, handcuffed and arrested, the story reported.

No lawyer is listed on Robinson's docket sheet.

(c)2017 The Philadelphia Inquirer

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