Walla Walla deputies use Tasers on suspect

Philip K. Niedermermeyer was arrested after being subdued Thursday, officials said.

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WALLA WALLA -- Deputies Tasered a man Thursday afternoon when he refused to be compliant during his arrest.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, Philip K. Niedermermeyer, 48, of 739 Wallula Ave. assumed a fighting stance and then stepped toward two Taser-armed deputies, after the deputies told Niedermermeyer they were arresting him for investigation of fourth-degree assault.

Both deputies deployed their Tasers, but one of the weapons failed to fire.

According to the report, Niedermermeyer struggled against the Taser, was then taken down by force and continued to struggle on the ground with a deputy.

The partially inoperable Taser was directly applied twice to Niedermeyer's legs by the other deputy, at which point Niedermeyer became compliant.

Deputies said Niedermeyer continued to verbally threaten them during his arrest; he was also said to be intoxicated.

Niedermeyer was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and intimidating a public servant.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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