For the second time within a week, Dickinson Police officers deployed a Taser on a resistive subject Sunday afternoon. Around 11:50 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 10 block of South Main when an area resident flagged him down. The resident wanted to report a neighbor dispute, whereas his neighbor had been placing cigarettes in his mailbox. As the officer was speaking with the reporting party, the neighbor that was the subject of the investigation came outside and confronted the officer and the reporting party. He began to argue with the officer and made a vague threat towards the reporting party. The officer told the neighbor repeatedly to go back into his house, but he continued to interfere with the investigation.
The officer determined at that point to place the neighbor, later identified as 44-year-old Justin Edward Schillo, under arrest for Physical Obstruction of a Government Function. Schillo began to physically resist arrest, prompting the officer to attempt a Taser deployment. The struggle continued for nearly four minutes until backup officers arrived and Schillo was placed in handcuffs. He was subsequently transported to the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center and charged with Physical Obstruction of a Government Function and Preventing Arrest, both Class A Misdemeanors.
The officer was uninjured during the event, and Schillo sustained only minor scrapes and abrasions.