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Holyoke Man Tasered Twice by Police During Arrest

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Holyoke Police had to use a taser twice in order to subdue a man who allegedly was involved in domestic dispute, then proceeded to resist arrest.

Holyoke Police Lt. Matthew Moriarty says that around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in apartment 5E at 106 North East Street.

When Officer Brendan Boyle arrived, they found a man, identified as 48-year-old Carlos Galarza, on the fifth floor rear porch being restrained by the victim’s son.

Galarza pushed that man off and allegedly refused to obey Boyle’s instructions, Moriarty says, adding that Galarza then turned and raised his hands in clenched fists towards the officer.

Boyle pulled out his Taser and ordered Galarza to stop.

Galarza again allegedly refused to obey and moved toward Boyle, at which point Boyle tasered Galarza and he fell to the floor.

Moriarty says that Boyle then ordered Galarza to put his hands behind his back, and for a third time, Galarza disobeyed the command and rolled over to try and get up to “continue his attack on Officer Boyle.”

It was then Galarza was tasered for a second time and was able to be taken into custody.

Galarza, who lives in Holyoke, is facing charges of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest. He will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.


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