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Man pepper sprays police officers after calling them for help

By Mason White 5:30 PM July 12, 2015
Scott Patrick Garman 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested after pepper spraying police officers in Minnesota.

The 46-year-old man of Minneapolis, is accused of pepper spraying two police officers who responded to calls on Tuesday.

Morrison County police received multiple calls from Scott Patrick Garman around 4:00 a.m. He was shouting and swearing at dispatchers while complaining about officers who had been to his home earlier that day, according to the criminal complaint.

The dispatcher then called Little Falls police officers to go the home of Garman on Sixth Street Northeast.

When two officers arrived at the residence, Garman was sitting on the front steps of his home. Garman screamed at them and said: “You’re on my property.”

Officers responded by saying that he was the one who called them, which is why they came.

According to the complaint, Garman sprayed pepper spray in the faces of the officers. One of the officers immediately became disoriented and blinded by the pepper spray.

The other officer, who also felt the effects of the pepper spray, ordered Garman to the ground. The officer then used his Taser and hit the man with his baton before placing him in handcuffs.

Police seized the pepper spray, which is intended to deter bears from attacking humans and is not to be used on humans.

Garman now faces two counts of assault on a police officer and obstructing a legal process with force.