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Spokane County deputies deploy Taser on 11-year-old with a knife

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Deputies from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office tased an 11-year-old boy who refused to drop a knife Thursday morning. 

The Sheriff's Office received a call of two boys, one with a mask holding a knife, near a dumpster near the Fairwood Shopping Center on W. Hastings. Shortly after the first call, another call came in saying the kid with the mask was running through a parking lot toward an apartment complex. 

Deputies found the boy, still holding what they described as an approximate 6" serrated blade, near the apartment complex. Deputies say the boy refused to drop the knife and "stared straight ahead and appeared to not even recognize the deputies at the scene." 

While talking with the boy, a third call came into to dispatch where a citizen reported an 8 or 9-year-old had a knife in his hand, had been in a fight with his dad and would not put the knife down. 

Deputies continued to talk to the boy, who was not responding. A press release issued by the Sheriff's Office said that in an attempt to disarm the boy without injuring him, deputies deployed a Taser, which was effective. The boy quickly dropped the knife and was taken into custody. 

The boy was determined to be 11-years-old and was given medical attention at the scene, then transported to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

Deputies contacted the boy's father who was sleeping inside his apartment. His father told deputies he was unaware of what was happening and it was determined no fight had occurred between the boy and his dad. 

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