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Darien cops tase man after train ride went awry

While heading south toward New York City, a Bridgeport man’s alleged erratic behavior led to his tasing by Darien Police after the train stopped at the Darien train station on Wednesday, April 17.

The Metro Transit Authority Police also responded, and that agency has filed the charges against Michael Lamarre, 31, of Funston Avenue, because the incident involved a Metro-North train. Spokesman Aaron Donovan told The Darien Times that Lamarre was reportedly “acting disorderly on board the train by yelling, using profanity, punching the train walls, and banging his head on the seats.”

Officers responded at 4:52 p.m.

“Darien [Police] arrived on scene first and took necessary police action to subdue the passenger before putting him into the custody of the MTA Police,” Donovan stated in an email.

Using police scanner transmissions, The Darien Times tweeted the event as it occurred:

Once police arrived, the train car was evacuated and they were directed to the bathroom, according to Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron. Officers confronted the subject, who immediately became belligerent, Marron said.

Sgt. Kerri Isaac tased Lamarre twice, said Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm, who added the man was “highly agitated and out of control.”

Officers had engaged with Lamarre, who wasn’t subdued until Isaac discharged her Taser using a technique called a “drive-stun,” Komm said.

“Here the probes are not fired, but the taser electrodes are applied directly against the subject’s body, in this case the right shoulder and upper back.” Komm stated in an email. “In the instant case, officers were already going hands on with the subject in an effort to subdue him. After continuing to resist he was drive-stunned.”

No officers were injured, Komm said, and neither was Lamarre, who was taken by Darien EMS-Post 53 to Stamford Hospital for evaluation. It’s unclear what the diagnosis was.

The train was delayed 18 minutes, Donovan said. The Times initially reported that Lamarre was attacking passengers, but this could be inaccurate as Lamarre was not charged with assault or any assault-related charged.

Lamarre was charged with breach of peace and interfering with a police officer. He has court in Stamford on Friday, May 10.

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