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Video footage shows suspect hit by stun gun in LAX bomb scare

June 22, 2010 |  8:22 pm

Video posted on YouTube shows the clearest view yet of an incident Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport in which a suspect was hit with a Taser after he ran into the Tom Bradley International Terminal and claimed he had a bomb in box.

The incident, which occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday, unfolded after the suspect grabbed a box belonging to an unidentified passenger at the check-in counter and then began screaming that the package contained a bomb, according to Los Angeles Airport Police.

The terminal was evacuated but one witness pulled out a video camera and began filming. The footage shows five airport police officers surrounding the man before one points a stun gun at him and hits him with a heavy jolt of electricity. The suspect is later tackled to the ground, the footage shows.

The terminal was evacuated for 20 minutes while officers checked the package with police dogs. It did not contain explosives, authorities said.

Investigators said the man, who was underwent medical and psychiatric evaluations, may have been wanted to commit "suicide by cop," according to sources familiar with the incident.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Video: Footage of Taser incident posted on YouTube