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January 23, 2014

Tasered man arrested

TRAVERSE CITY — Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Jeffrey Gene Thompson, 49, almost two weeks after they deployed a Taser on him.

Deputies confronted Thompson, of Cedar, On Jan. 4 after he barged into his estranged wife’s home and assaulted a house guest. He ran off, but deputies found him armed with knives, authorities said. Thompson would not drop the knives, so they used a Taser in an effort to subdue him.

“He’s the first guy we’ve ever successfully Tased,” Lt. Clint Kerr said.

Thompson was transported to Munson Medical Center, where he spent 10 days undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Leelanau prosecutors hadn’t charged Thompson for the Jan. 4 incident, but deputies arrested him Jan. 17 after a relative reported he was suicidal. He was jailed on suspicion of home invasion and assault of a police officer.

County prosecutors authorized charges against Thompson on Tuesday, and he’s scheduled to have a preliminary exam on Jan. 31.

Thompson is being held in Leelanau County’s jail.

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