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Tazer gun stops suicide

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Man threatens to kill himself with knife, changes his mind when Tazer comes out

A man threatening to kill himself with a knife changed his mind after being threatened with a Tazer stungun, according to authorities.

Horseshoe Bend Police Officer Jim Griffin arrested Johnny Hodge, 54, of Jackson County at the North Arkansas Lifecare Center on the evening of July 9.

The Horseshoe Bend Police Department received a call from Izard County 9-1-1 that a man was threatening to kill himself at the facility.

When Griffin arrived Hodge threatened to stab himself in the chest or stomach with a steak knife, said Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell. Griffin pulled out a Tazer stungun and activated the laser used for targeting. Hodge put the knife down, and Griffin, with assistance from Horseshoe Bend Police Lt. Carl Boles, arrested him and took him to the Horseshoe Bend Police Department for holding.

The officers learned Hodge had warrants out on him from Jackson County. The Horseshoe Bend police contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office who sent deputies to pick up Hodge immediately.

Hodge is charged with five violations of the Arkansas hot check law in Jackson County. Jackson County authorities released him from custody July 10. He faces no charges stemming from the incident in Horseshoe Bend, Mitchell said.

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