SPD: Officer 'forced to use taser' on menacing suspect

Adam Mika (Syracuse Police)

Syracuse Police say an officer "was forced to use a taser" on a suspect Friday morning.

Police say it happened when officers responded to 205 N. Townsend Street for a menacing call. A victim there told officers someone had pointed a handgun at him and that the suspect lived at a home on the 100 block of Burnet Avenue.

Syracuse Police said when officers went to the home to try to speak to the suspect, he initially refused to speak with them, "but a short time later (the officers) made contact with him." An officer "was forced to use a taser to get the suspect into custody," police said in a release.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, according to police. He did not suffer serious injuries, police said.

Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Adam Mika of Syracuse. No handgun was found when police searched Mika's home, but a 10-inch long black metal bar was, investigators said. Police believe the metal bar was the item used to menace the victim.

Mike faces charges of Menacing and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police said he was being sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center.

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