For the second time since the department began their use, Mineral Wells police used a Taser gun on an individual.

The incident took place early Monday morning in the 600 block of South Oak Avenue, according to a department spokesman. According to reports, police were called about a man seen walking down the middle of the main thoroughfare around 3:58 a.m.

An officer reportedly encountered the man moments later and observed him walking and stumbling southbound. The suspect allegedly turned and charged at the approaching officer, “swinging his arms with an unknown object” in his right hand, the spokesman said.

The officer was reportedly able to get out of his vehicle and pulled his Taser gun, ordering the man to stop and drop the object, which police said turned out to be a knife. Police said when the suspect continued to approach the officer, he fired the Taser gun.

The spokesman said the suspect “flinched and tightened up and dropped the knife.” Police were able to jump on the man and wrestle him to the ground. However, the stun gun apparently did not have its usual effect because police said the man quickly continued fighting until officers were able to gain control over him.

According to the spokesman, the suspect told police he had been smoking crack cocaine with other individuals since early Sunday evening. At city jail, police summoned paramedics, who detected an elevated heart rate and transferred him to Palo Pinto General Hospital, which eventually had him flown by helicopter to a Fort Worth hospital where he remained Monday afternoon.

The Hispanic male, who was not carrying identification, identified himself as Robert Rivera, 28, of Mineral Wells. He faces charges of felony aggravated assault of a peace officer and resisting arrest. Police said they will continue to try to determine if that is the man’s real identity.

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