Man al­legedly wield­ing knife tasered by police

Re­port­edly as­saulted woman hold­ing child

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A man was ar­rested Mon­day night after he al­legedly ad­vanced to­ward a group of police of­fi­cers while wield­ing a knife, court records in­di­cate. The of­fi­cers de­ployed their tasers and were able to sub­due the man, who had re­port­edly as­saulted a woman hold­ing a 2-year-old child be­fore their ar­rival.

Christo­pher Dale Buchanan, 28, of no fixed ad­dress was charged with sev­eral of­fenses, in­clud­ing first-de­gree as­sault

for the July 18 in­ci­dent. He re­mains in cus­tody as of press time after bail was set at $25,000 on Wed­nes­day.

Around 10 p.m. on Mon­day, Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies re­sponded to the 4600 block of Pick­eral Street in White Plains for the re­port of a do­mes­tic as­sault. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers spoke with the vic­tim who had a swollen and blood­ied nose and a swollen and bruised cheek, ac­cord­ing to court records. She told of­fi­cers that Buchanan had al­legedly punched her in the face three times very hard, al­most strik­ing the child in the process. The punches al­most caused her to drop the child, she added.

The vic­tim was able to put the child down, she said, be­fore Buchanan al­legedly at­tacked her again, slam­ming her head into a wall as he dragged her into a bed­room. He then re­port­edly told her that he was go­ing to kill her and pro­ceeded to force her head into the mat­tress so that she could not breath.

The woman told of­fi­cers that she fought back and was able to es­cape the bed­room, police records show. When she es­caped, Buchanan locked him­self in the room.

One of the of­fi­cers out­side the home could see Buchanan inside the bed­room through a win­dow, and he re­fused to come out, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Even­tu­ally, a group of of­fi­cers forced entr y into the bed­room and saw Buchanan al­legedly hold­ing a large knife. Ig­nor­ing the com­mands of the of­fi­cers, he re­port­edly ad­vanced to­ward them, prompt­ing of­fi­cers to de­ploy a taser — twice — be­fore he was safely ap­pre­hended. In hand­cuffs, Buchanan al­legedly re­mained com­bat­ive, bang­ing his head on a car parked in the drive­way as he was led to­ward a police cruiser and al­legedly at­tempted to break free from an of­fi­cer’s grasp.

Buchanan was then taken to a hos­pi­tal for an in­vol­un­tary emer­gency eval­u­a­tion after re­port­edly stat­ing that he wanted to harm him­self.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing has been sched­uled for Aug. 19.

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