Apr 17, 2016 1:16 PM

Belmont man accused of domestic violence gets into fight with police officers

BELMONT - A 60-year-old Belmont man got into a wrestling match with three police officers that ended in his being Tasered as he was taken into custody.

Police say they had been called to Horne Road on Friday evening after a resident reported a man had assaulted two people and was out of control.

After talking to the victims, the officers spoke with James H. Mooney III, of Horne Road and placed him under arrest on a charge of domestic assault. While escorting him to the cruiser, police say Mooney was yelling aggressively at the victims and tried to walk toward them.

As the officer pulled him away from the victims, Mooney allegedly spun around to try to break his grip and then grabbed at the officer's belt and managed to rip off the radio.

A second officer wrestled with Mooney to regain control and Mooney managed to grab the officer's holstered Taser. It took a a third officer to reclaim the Taser, which Mooney was never able to get out of the holster, police said.

The officers did get Mooney on the ground but struggled to get him in handcuffs as he continued to resist. The Taser was used to get Mooney under control in handcuffs and into the police car. No one was injured in the struggle but police say Mooney did receive treatment from medics for the Taser exposure.

Mooney was charged with criminal mischief, resisting arrest, two counts of domestic violence simple assault and one charge of assault on a police officer.

He was released later that evening on $6,000 personal recognizance with a number of conditions on his release, police said. Mooney is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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