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Police TASER man during assault

The Cedar Springs Police used their TASER on a man last week who was a swinging at people with a nail-studded board.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Ludwig John Fockler, 36, of Cedar Springs, was with other people at an address on S. Allan Street in Cedar Springs on the evening of July 14, and was asked to leave by others when verbal arguing between him and another became physical. He left, but came back with a small board, and started swinging it at people. They took it away from him, and he was told again to leave. He did, but when he came back again with a much larger board with nails in it and started swinging at people again, they called police, about 9:54 p.m.

When Officers Paul Feutz and Chad Tucker arrived on the scene they encountered a group of people in the rear yard, and saw the man swinging at them. Officer Feutz gave loud verbal orders for the man to drop the board but he refused. As the officers neared the man in order to protect others, Officer Feutz saw the suspect getting ready to swing the board, so he deployed his TASER. The man fell to the ground and was arrested and treated at the scene by Rockford Ambulance.

Later, while on the way to the jail, the man told Officer Feutz he was having medical problems, and the ambulance was called to meet them. The ambulance transported Fockler to Spectrum Butterworth Campus, where he was treated and released. He was was then transported to the Kent County Correctional facility.

Fockler faces felonious assault charges, resisting and opposing police, and disturbing the peace. He was arraigned on July 15. His preliminary exam is scheduled for July 28 at 11:15 a.m. He remains in jail on a $10,000.00 cash surety bond.

Chief Parent thinks that Officer Feutz used the TASER wisely. “This is a perfect example of using a TASER to bring a dangerous situation under control without physical confrontation between suspect and officers,” he said. Parent noted that all incidents involving the deployment of the TASER are reviewed by a police supervisor.

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