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Niagara Falls police use Taser on man who charged with box cutter

NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls  man charged at city police officers with a box cutter last week, and police used a Taser to subdue him, according to a police report.

Officers responded to the 400 block of 12th Street last Friday night for the report of a mental health situation and a person cutting himself with a box cutter. Police could hear a fight coming from an upstairs apartment and saw through an open door two men fighting, the police report said.

Officers ordered one of the men to let go of the other, and when he did, the man who had been restrained charged at police with the box cutter, the report said.

"You're going to have to shoot me," the man with the box cutter yelled, according to police.

At that point, one of the officers had drawn his weapon and held it in the "low ready" position, with arms extended and the gun pointing to the ground, according to the report. The other officer used a Taser on the man - identified as Rafael Morales, 58 - who fell to the ground and was handcuffed.

Witnesses told police Morales suffers from a mental illness and also was extremely intoxicated. He was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Morales was charged with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and second-degree menacing.

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