At around 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, a Missoula Police Officer responded to a call regarding a disorderly male throwing glass bottles near Mount and Stephens Avenue. The officer found the male, later identified as 53-year-old David McCartney, carrying two wine-style glass bottles. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The first officer arrived and made contact with the male matching the description at the intersection of Stephens and Strand,” Welsh said. “The male was in fact holding two very large glass bottles and actually threw one at one of the patrol cars. Fortunately, he missed the car and the officer who was driving.”

An officer then ordered McCartney to put the remaining bottle down. McCartney declined to follow instruction and instead shouted expletives at the officers including “f**k you, shoot me” while walking toward the officer.

Another officer arrived on scene and McCartney began swinging the large glass bottle toward the officer’s patrol vehicle. The officer exited the vehicle and ordered McCartney to drop the glass bottle. He again failed to comply so the officer deployed pepper spray, but to no avail.

“He yelled at them and held the bottle up in a threatening manner as if he was about to swing it or throw it at the other officer,” Welsh said. “Eventually, the man was tased and taken into custody without harming the other officers.”

Two officers deployed their tasers, which had no effect on McCartney. A third officer then deployed his taser, which caused McCartney to drop the bottle. McCartney is currently being charged with one count of felony assault on a peace officer.

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