Homeowner tasered by police as he fought fire spreading from house next door
- Dan Jensen woke from a nap to find his neighbors’ house on fire
- He used a garden hose to protect his own property, but police asked him to stop
- He was tasered by the cops after when he refused to stop
- His attorney claims the police used ‘excessive force’ and Jensen is considering legal action
A man was tasered by police after he picked up his garden hose and attempted to stop a fire spreading that was threatening to engulf his home.
Dan Jensen, 42, awoke from a nap last Thursday when he hear his wife, Angela, also 42, scream that the house next door at 3420 Beechwood Terrace N in Tampa Bay was ablaze.
When the father of two went outside, the fire had already engulfed his neighbors’ home and a fence in between the two houses and the flames were starting to lick the corners of the Jensens’ home.
Jensen first emptied a fire extinguisher on to the blaze, before grabbing his garden hose.
Police officers arrived on the scene before firefighters and told Jensen to back off. He did, but quickly grew frustrated waiting for the fire department and so decided to pick up the hose again.
As he did, and without warning, Jensen felt electricity run through his body and he collapsed to the ground.
‘It was wrong,’ he told The Tampa Bay Times. ‘There’s no way around it. … I was fighting a fire. I wasn’t fighting police. I thought they were here to help me. Instead, they hurt me.’
Pinellas Park Police say they had to tase Jensen because he was putting not only himself, but also officers in danger because he refused to back down. They claim it only took six minutes for fire fighters to respond and that they could have charged Jensen with obstruction, but decided against it.
An attorney working for Jensen has described the police’s actions as ‘excessive force.’
Heidi Imhof said the police have no right to taser an unarmed person on private property and that they should have considered other options including turning the water off.
Police policy states that officers must issue a warning before using a Taser, ‘except when such warning could provide a tactical advantage to the subject.’
Jensen says he was never warned and is now considering legal action.
Paramedics rushed Jensen to the hospital after he was incident. He suffered smoke inhalation and has some scarring on his back from where he was tasered.
It took firefighters 20 to 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was started by neighbors leaving a frying pan unattended.
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