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Mountain View police use stun gun on heckler

Man threatened comedian with knife at Castro Street bar

A man from Pennsylvania threatened a San Jose comedian with a knife at a Castro Street bar Tuesday night, and was later taken down by police who used an electronic stun gun outside the Mountain View bar.

After being hit with the stun gun, 28-year-old Chad Forsha of Pennsylvania was transported to a local hospital. The comedian who was threatened by Forsha declined to press charges. However, Forsha was still booked into jail on charges of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Wylie said the incident began in St. Stephen's Green, an Irish-themed pub located at 223 Castro St. The bar was holding a comedy night and the victim, a 29-year-old comedian from San Jose, was heckled by Forsha, who later became violent.

At some point, shortly before 11:40 p.m. when the crime was reported, Forsha stood up in front of the comedian and said something "inappropriate" that had to do with "having sex and a knife," Wylie said. Forsha then licked the knife, according to witnesses.

When police arrived, witnesses directed their attention to Forsha who was still on Castro Street. Police, who could see the butt of the knife sticking out from Forsha's pants, told him to stop, Wylie said. However, Forsha began walking away.

According to the police report, Forsha reached for the knife, at which point a pursuing officer told him that if he continued reaching for the knife he would be shot with the electronic stun gun. Forsha reached for the knife again and he was shot in the back with the Taser-like device.

Police took him into custody without further incident, Wylie said. Forsha sustained cuts from the barbs on the stun gun's probe, as well as a cut on his chin and a bloody nose.

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Posted by knife
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

Threatening someone with a knife is more than just "heckling", isn't it?


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Posted by alex
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

Didn't know PA had dumb hicks


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Posted by knife
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Ben Roethlisberger lives in PA.


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Posted by Able
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I'm totally, hi-voltage, shocked.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

A good argument for Tasers. Otherwise, if he threatened the officers with a knife, he would probably been shot.


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Posted by M
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

He definitely could have been shot. Good job to the Mountain View officers involved.


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Posted by Tasers work
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Good work, officers!


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Posted by bill
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:49 am

wow this moron was given a chance to live while the mountain lion in redwood city was surounded by a pack of blood thirsty trigger happy cops.. good job Mt View..


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Posted by daniel
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

I completely agree with e above comment. Despicable humans who are dangerous to others are given a chance while magnificent animals like the mountain lion are shot and killed without given a chance.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

> Didn't know PA had dumb hicks

Hell yeah, tons, you do know that the movie "Deliverance" was filmed in PA, right? ... not Palo Alto by the way.


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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

To bill, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood--

"The mountain lion was shot by California Department of Fish and Game wardens at about 11:30 a.m.", not by "by a pack of blood thirsty trigger happy cops". If you want to be out-raged, please direct in a fashion that doesn't make you look silly


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Posted by Frank
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

In Texas, the matter of Mr. Forsha's wielding of the knife, in the pub, would have been disposed of expeditiously prior to the arrival of law enforcement officers.


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Posted by relative
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

It has nothing to do with dumb hicks from PA and everything to do with a person suffering with bipolar disorder off his meds.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

doesn't matter what the reason is, relative, as much as I can empathize, having severe psych issues in our family as well...

the bottom line is, regardless of "reason", a society can not tolerate threats of any type with any weapon. Period.

Good job, Mt View cops.


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Posted by relative too
a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

This is an example of government health care in action - two weeks prior to this incident, Mr. Forsha was taken to the Palo Alto Veteran's Administration by police for "not sane" behavior. Instead of committing him, they released him after 72 hours of observation. Mr. Forsha, btw, had two tours of duty in Iraq before being diagnosed bipolar with schizo-affective disorder.


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Posted by veterans
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

Health care for veterans in this country is a travesty. Our government wasted billions (or trillions?) of dollars to search for the WMDs in Iraq, but this is what our veterans get in return for their service?


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