• Coweta man reportedly thankful for Tasers after incident involving machete

    By: Nina Carter


    COWETA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Richard Leland  was arrested after he reportedly charged at officers with a machete.
    • Officers used a Taser to subdue Leland.
    • He reportedly told paramedics he was thankful for the Taser.


    Coweta police say officers used a Taser on a man after he charged at them with a machete.

    Police say they responded to Richard Leland’s home after someone called 911 and then hung up.

    Officers say they could see Leland through a window sitting on his couch and holding the machete.

    They say when officers called out to Leland to put the weapon down and come out, Leland charged at them, raising the machete over his saying "shoot me," prompting one of the officers to use his Taser.

    Police say Leland appeared to be intoxicated and in a fog.

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    Chief Mike bell says this is a prime example of how Tasers save lives.

    Police say Leland later told paramedics he's glad officers had Tasers, because he didn't want to die.

    Leland is booked into the Wagoner County Jail for assault and battery on a police officer.

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