Schenectady County

Pretend Schenectady shooter subdued by Taser

A man accused of harassing passing cars downtown on Tuesday morning by pointing his finger at them a
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A man accused of harassing passing cars downtown on Tuesday morning by pointing his finger at them and pretending to shoot also fought with police and was taken down with a Taser, police said.

The incident happened just after 9 a.m. in the street at the intersection of State Street and Nott Terrace, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said. On one corner of the intersection is the MVP headquarters.

The man, identified as Aaron J. Poulin, 30, of Schenectady, was pointing his finger at passing cars and pretending to shoot at them, McCracken said.

The act amounted to harassment, if one of the drivers wanted to file a complaint.

Officers, though, spotted Poulin and approached him.

“He was standing in the middle of the street acting the way he was and they wanted to find out what was going on,” McCracken said.

When the officers approached, though, the man became hostile and combative, McCracken said.

Poulin allegedly threatened them verbally and lunged at them in a threatening manner, McCracken said. He had no weapon.

As they were taking him into custody, officers used a Taser to subdue the man.

“They had a very large individual who was extremely violent and combative going up against two police officers, and they were able to apprehend him with minimal injury to him and no injury to the officers,” McCracken said.

All city officers have been trained on and issued Tasers since last winter. Certain officers were first issued them and trained on them in April 2011.

Poulin was treated at the scene by the Schenectady Fire Department and taken to Ellis Hospital for further treatment and a psychological examination.

By late Tuesday afternoon, Poulin was being held at the Schenectady County Jail on $750 bail.

No officers were hurt.

Poulin was charged with resisting arrest and third-degree menacing, both misdemeanors.

He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a city code violation.

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