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Confrontation over phone use in Louisville movie theater leads to tazing, court documents state

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Timothy Wagner (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Timothy Wagner (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a Louisville man who was texting and talking on the phone inside a movie theater had to be tazed during a confrontation with a deputy.

According to an arrest report, 49-year-old Timothy Wagner was at the Rave Cinemas, near the interchange between Preston Highway and the Gene Snyder Freeway, on Friday evening. Authorities say people in the theater had been complaining that Wagner was texting and talking on his phone during the movie, and had already been confronted about it by the manager.

When a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived, the manager told Wagner that he had to leave, but he became argumentative with both the manager and the deputy, according to the arrest report, telling them he was not leaving and trying to shove his way past the deputy to get back into the theater. 

The deputy then pushed him back and told him to stop or he would be arrested.

Wagner allegedly shoved the deputy back, and authorities say the deputy tazed him twice, "with only minimal effect." That deputy then forced him to the ground, according to the arrest report.

Wagner later admitted that he'd had a couple of drinks and was working through some personal issues.

He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and third degree assault.

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