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Hagerstown man charged after struggle with police

April 19, 2007

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies who fought with a man wanted in an arrest warrant "were afraid for our lives," a charging document states.

Gary Lee Barr Jr., 26, of 18348 Woodside Drive in Hagerstown, was being held Tuesday on $250,000 bond, a Washington County Detention Center deputy said. Barr is charged with four counts of second-degree assault, resisting and interfering with law enforcement, disarming a law enforcement officer and four counts of malicious destruction of property.

The document alleges that Barr fought four Washington County deputies who went to his home March 20 to arrest him for auto theft and to serve an emergency petition and three peace orders.

After one of the deputies used his Taser to subdue Barr, "Barr yelled out but fought more aggressively as if the Taser made him strong," the document alleges.

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According to the document, one deputy tried to subdue Barr by striking the man with his baton, but he reholstered the weapon in case he needed to use deadly force.

Unable to restrain Barr with handcuffs, a deputy called for more help, the document says. Once a fourth deputy arrived, police were able to put leg irons on Barr, and they and medics put the man in a backboard restraint.

Barr's family told police he was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms for 17 days straight, the document says.

An emergency petition is a document filed on a behalf of a person so that authorities can compel that person to get a psychological evaluation. A peace order is filed by a person who wants to force another person to stay away.

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