Officer Tasered With Own Weapon During Struggle

Suspect charged with drunken driving

By Jenel Nels
|  Thursday, Dec 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM CDT
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A Mokena police officer accidentally Tasered himself with his own weapon in a struggle during a traffic stop.

It happened early Sunday morning in Homer Glen.

The police officer pulled over James Abramowicz, 26, after witnesses reported he was "doing burnouts" in a parking lot at 10160 W. 191st street, according to the Southtown Star.

Abramowicz refused to show police his license and instead ran from his car. A second officer on the scene chased him, shouting "Taser, Taser," according to the Southtown Star.

Both men eventually fell to the ground. When the officer ordered Abramowicz onto his stomach, Abromawicz grabbed at the officer's Taser. It went off, shocking both men. The officer then shocked Abramowicz a second time in the lower back and handcuffed him, according to the Southtown Star.

The paper cites a police report that stated Abromowicz congratulated himself for his actions, telling police "at least I had the (guts) to try to get the Taser from the officer instead of taking a shock like a (sissy)."

Abramowicz was charged with battery, disarming a police officer, drunken driving and several other crimes. 

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