Cops: Murrysville man hit with Taser after trying to punch officer |
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Renatta Signorini

A Murrysville man who called police with false concerns of a reportedly suicidal person Monday ended up getting tased after he appeared to be preparing to punch a policeman, according to court documents.

Nicholas William Tkach, 42, was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 bond.

When police arrived at Tkach’s Kistler Road home at 6:14 p.m., they found him extremely intoxicated and having trouble text messaging a woman with whom he was forbidden to have contact under a protection-from-abuse order. Murrysville police sent Plum officers to check on her.

After Murrysville police refused to take him to see the woman, he allegedly started threatening to kill officers and headed into a basement while three officers followed, according to court papers. Tkach appeared to prepare to punch an officer when another fired his Taser, hitting the suspect twice in the back.

Tkach is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats and public drunkenness. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

A July 3 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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