Johnson County deputies Taser domestic abuse suspect at gunpoint

Johnson County deputies Taser suspect at gunpoint

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies Tazered an Iowa City man at gunpoint before taking him into custody Tuesday.

That’s according to arrest records. The sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Anthony Elliot of Westwinds Drive was a passenger in a vehicle his live-in girlfriend was driving southbound on Interstate 380 Tuesday afternoon. Just after 1:30pm, when the vehicle was passing the Swisher exit, Elliot allegedly began grabbing, punching and choking her as she drove.

Deputies pulled the vehicle over just north of the I-80 interchange. One deputy reports shouting at Elliot to stay in the car, but he allegedly got out and began walking aggressively towards the officer. Elliot allegedly continued to ignore shouted commands to stop, leading to a deputy drawing his firearm. Elliot ignored commands to either return to the car or get on the ground. He eventually knelt, but refused to lay flat.

A deputy once again shouted strong directions for Elliot to get on the ground, and when he refused he was Tazered in his abdominal area. He then fell to the ground.

An investigation determined Elliot’s girlfriend had red marks around her neck indicating she had been choked.

Elliot is charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – 2nd Offense, Domestic Abuse Assault Impeding Airflow and Interference With Official Acts. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of over four years in prison.

Elliot has a previous Domestic Abuse conviction out of Henry County from last year.