Last week, several customers of establishments in the Regal Shopping Center reported to the Connection they witnessed a man being shot in the parking lot after a verbal dispute that began in one of the bars. It turns out the man was not shot, but rather shocked.
A sheriff's deputy administered an electric shock to Sterling resident Tyron Scott, 27, Saturday, Jan. 27, according to the Sheriff's Office.
When deputies pulled up to the Regal Center Plaza, at 1:49 a.m., they noticed a group of people standing in the parking lot. Kraig Troxell, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, said a fight had occurred or was about to occur. When the deputies tried to obtain more information from the group, Scott walked away from them.
The deputies commanded Scott to stop several times, Troxell said, but he continued to walk toward Route 7.
"While trying to place [Scott] under arrest, a struggle ensued," Troxell said.
A deputy forced Scott to the ground, but he continued to fight back. While the deputy struggled with Scott on the ground, another deputy shocked him with a Sheriff’s Office-issued Taser gun, also referred to as a stun gun.
Both the deputy and Scott were taken to the emergency room for minor injuries.
Scott is charged with being drunk in public, resisting arrest, felony assault and destruction of property for ripping the deputy's shirt and badge.