Police use Taser to subdue man allegedly threatening people in Finley neighborhood

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A man’s violent behavior in Finley ended Tuesday when police used a Taser to incapacitate him.

Cody Myers, 33, threatened people on the 1400 block of Date Street around 2:30 p.m., the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said. He chased a man to his home and tried to break in to attack him, deputies said. Others ran away or locked themselves in a car.

While it’s not clear what triggered Myers to lash out, he does have a history of outbursts that required law enforcement contact, sheriff’s deputies said.

Witnesses said he was yelling, threatening to kill people and punching a camper window, according to deputies.

When deputies and Kennewick police officers arrived on the scene, Myers continued with his violent behavior. He punched officers, and they eventually used a Taser to get him under control, authorities reported.

Myers was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, third-degree assault and felony harassment.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.