Officers tase man after finding him with 26 inch blade

BY DI STAFF | MAY 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police reportedly Tasered a local man after he fought with officers, who found him with a "fantasy sword."

Deandre Lamar Irby, 19, 737 Michael St. Apt. 51, was charged April 29 with going armed with a knife blade, carrying weapons into a park, and interference with official acts.

According to complaints, police allegedly spotted Irby rollerblading through the Pedestrian Mall with a large sword attached to his backpack around 3:30 p.m., prompting him to flee to an alley.

When officers located him, the complaints said Irby allegedly tried to hide the 26-inch blade behind a Dumpster, refused to identify himself, and admitted he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Complaints said Irby then allegedly tried to grab the sword and run, then fought with police until he was Tasered.

— by Hayley Bruce

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