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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:30 am

It took a Killeen police officer three tries with a Taser to apprehend a 27-year-old man Sunday.

As a result, David Chavez is facing six charges from an incident in the 1500 block of Ferndale Drive.

Chavez was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of unlawful restraint, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Chavez on Tuesday, setting his bail at $30,000.

Police said Chavez assaulted two women Tuesday and refused to leave their home. To escape him, the women locked themselves in a bedroom and climbed out the window, according to arrest affidavits.

When police arrived, they saw Chavez inside the home holding a crowbar.

Chavez came outside the home and refused orders to drop the crowbar. An officer pointed his handgun at Chavez, and Chavez yelled at the officer to shoot him.

Chavez then walked back toward the front door of the home. Once inside, an officer shot a Taser at him. Chavez fell to the ground but did not let go of the crowbar.

The officer then shocked him again with the Taser, removed the crowbar from his hand and threw it out the front door.

An officer managed to place one of Chavez’s hands in handcuffs, but Chavez then began to resist and placed his other hand under his body.

Believing Chavez may have been reaching for another weapon, the officer shocked Chavez the third time, allowing the Taser to shock him for the full 5-second cycle, the affidavit states.

Chavez was then taken into custody.

The two women involved in the incident both sustained injuries. They told police Chavez punched them in the face multiple times and bit one woman’s finger.

In an unrelated case, Andres Ruiz Jr., 37, was arraigned on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram. Ruiz’s bail was set at $20,000.

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