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Authorities use Taser on passenger at Sacramento Airport

January 10, 2012 |  6:55 pm

A passenger at Sacramento International Airport was shot with a Taser on Tuesday afternoon by deputies after he allegedly refused to complete a screening at a security area and became unruly, authorities said.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputies used the Taser three times on Edwin Barton, 26, after he refused to be screened by Transportation Security Administration personnel, said Deputy Jason Ramos, a department spokesman.

Barton allegedly started arguing with TSA personnel, grabbed his bag and tried to get away. He was confronted by a deputy on duty at the airport and became physical, Ramos said.

"He broke away from the deputy and started to run," Ramos told The Times.

He said Barton fell to the ground and was shot with the Taser.

He was taken to a hospital, Ramos said, and was expected to be booked Tuesday night into Sacramento County Jail.

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