BELLEVUE — Deputies used a stun gun on a Bellevue man after he threatened them and fought with them, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.
Morton Lee Zerby, 59, was arraigned Friday on counts of disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, assault or battery on certain personnel, and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police were called to North Fork Trailer Park at 2:24 a.m. Friday for reports of possible shots fired and a person disturbing the peace, according to an affidavit. Witnesses said they thought they heard the sound of a rifle being fired near a bonfire, though no guns were found at the scene.
Zerby was “confrontational and non-compliant” with the officers when confronted, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies discovered him crouched behind a metal tank, he ran toward them “in an aggressive manner” while swinging a belt with a metal buckle over his head, the affidavit said.
The deputy who wrote the affidavit said he drew his pistol and commanded Zerby to drop the belt; in response, Zerby shouted obscenities at the officers, saying, “Come on, shoot me,” before raising his arms in the air and yelling at the officers to not shoot him.
Zerby also threatened the deputies with a piece of wood and fought back when they tried to handcuff him, according to the affidavit. He was eventually subdued with a stun gun.
While the arrest was taking place, a gas can Zerby had previously put on the fire exploded, sending flames 15 feet into the air, police said. The Ketchum Fire Department responded to put out the fire.
Deputies later found a container with marijuana in it in Zerby’s pocket, according to the affidavit.
Zerby is also facing charges of malicious injury to property, unlawful entry, and trespass with property damage stemming from a separate incident earlier in the week.