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Airline passenger subdued with taser, arrested

UPDATED: Jan. 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. PST

A passenger arriving at Sacramento International Airport on Tuesday was subdued with a taser after refusing to pass through security screening again in order to retrieve an item left behind on his plane, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Edwin Barton, 26, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation following a brief struggle with law enforcement, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos. Barton was later taken to Sacramento County Main Jail and booked on charges of resisting and obstructing law enforcement and intentionally avoiding submission to airport security screening.

The passenger exited his plane around 1:30 p.m., Ramos told the newspaper, and left the airport's secure area on his way to baggage claim. He then reportedly tried to return to his plane, and at the security checkpoint told Transportation Security Administration agents that he had forgotten an item.

A TSA agent would not allow the man to re-enter the secure area but instead directed him to get a pass at the ticket counter, Ramos said. The passenger reportedly returned to the security checkpoint with a pass but refused to let his bag be screened, and an argument ensued.

"Prior to finishing the screening process, Barton attempted to pass the security checkpoint and enter a secure area of the terminal," according to a press release from the Sheriff's department. "In an effort to maintain the security of the terminal, a Sheriff’s deputy who was monitoring the checkpoint attempted to physically restrain Barton from proceeding any further. Barton broke away from the deputy’s grasp and began to run past the security checkpoint.

"The deputy deployed his taser in an effort to gain compliance from Barton. Barton fell to the ground, but then attempted to pull the taser barbs off of him as he continued to refuse the deputy’s orders to stop. The deputy re-deployed the taser and summoned assistance from other officers." 

No word on the passenger's airline or what item he left behind.

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