Domestic violence suspect attempts ‘triangle choke’ on officer, police say

Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 11:47 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2012, at 12:14 p.m.
Anthony J. King
Bangor Police Department
Anthony J. King

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BANGOR, Maine — A police officer attempting to arrest a local man on a charge of domestic violence assault had to defend himself against a martial arts move in order to make the arrest, and he and another officer got punched and kicked in the process.

Anthony J. King, 24, of Bangor was arrested just before 3 p.m. Monday and charged with three felonies — assault on a police officer, domestic violence assault and refusing to submit to arrest — as well as misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and terrorizing, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a press release Tuesday. There was also an outstanding warrant against King.

Officer Tim Shaw arrived at King’s residence on Deer Isle Road with the department’s mental health liaison and a struggle ensued.

“Officer Shaw reported that King and he went to the ground and that King attempted a common martial arts move on the officer known as a ‘triangle choke,’” Edwards said. “Shaw reported that he defended the attempt successfully and that they both struggled further while Shaw and the liaison kept trying to control and handcuff him. Shaw reported that King punched and kicked the officer and the liaison several times.”

Shaw then drew his Taser and told King he would use the device if the man didn’t calm down.

“At that point King followed the officer’s commands and was handcuffed,” Edwards said. “Two officers reported injuries during the arrest and transport of King to the jail.”

King was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Tuesday morning, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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