Two bailiffs had their hands full at the Campbell County Courthouse yesterday. Undersheriff Scott Matheny said the bailiffs were contacted about 3:30 pm. They were informed that a 29-year-old Gillette man with a bench warrant was at the front desk of Circuit Court. Matheny said the suspect was informed that he was being placed under arrest. The suspect allegedly told bailiffs he was on his way to the Campbell County Attorney’s Office and his arrest was, “Not going to happen”.
Matheny said the bailiffs were also concerned that the man had a knife easily accessible to him.
After allegedly being informed more than three times that he was under arrest, and the suspect saying, “not going to happen” each time, a TASER was deployed. Matheny said the TASER was used after the man refused to comply several times with verbal instructions from the bailiffs, took an aggressive physical stance, and the suspect's hand came in close proximity to his knife.
The man initially declined medical attention. Matheny said the suspect was later evaluated at the Campbell County Detention Center by a nurse. Matheny said no further medical attention was required.