Officer deploys Taser twice to bring down suspect

A Columbus Police Officer twice used a Taser to subdue a local man who allegedly ran from officers on Sunday morning.

Columbus Police Department Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says that at approximately 12:30 a.m., Sgt. Kyle Young was in the area of 15th Street

Peter Lankey; Photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.
Peter Lankey; Photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.

and Lafayette Avenue on a report of a suspicious person. When Young attempted to speak to the man, the suspect allegedly ran between houses. Young reportedly found the man moments later, trying to climb a privacy fence. Sgt. Young reported that he deployed his Taser after the suspect damaged the fence and refused to lay on the ground. Police say that the Taser didn’t work, which allegedly led to the suspect turning towards Young and taking a “fighting stance.” Young reportedly deployed the Taser a second time when the suspect began coming towards him in an aggressive manner. The second attempt was successful and the suspect was placed under arrest, said police.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Peter K. Lankey, of Columbus. Authorities say that Lankey was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of: Indiana Parole Warrant, Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Mischief and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.