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Pa. parolee arrested after public fight with parole agent

Agent Susan Stout attempted to shoot Gary Furr Jr. with a TASER after he refused to drop a box cutter he was holding


By Eric Scicchitano
The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG, Pa. — A state parolee fought with a parole agent outside his job Thursday, with several Ritz-Craft employees helping to subdue the Middleburg man who was stunned multiple times with a Taser before dragging the female agent across a gravel parking lot as she clung to his leg, according to borough police.

Agent Susan Stout attempted to shoot Gary Furr Jr., 39, with a Taser after he refused to drop a box cutter he was holding outside manufacturing plant No. 3 about 9:30 a.m., according to arrest papers filed Tuesday by Mifflinburg Detective Mark Bailey. Stout attempted to reload the Taser but didn’t get a second shot off, police said, adding Stout used the weapon’s drive-stun mode multiple times on Furr to no effect.

Stout clung to Furr’s leg as he dragged her across the lot, where several employees pinned him to the ground near his vehicle, according to arrest papers. Police said a supervisor blocked Furr’s vehicle as he attempted to escape the manufacturer’s grounds on learning Stout arrived to speak with him for an unspecified reason.

Furr had one wrist handcuffed and was lying partially on top of Stout when police arrived, with other employees still holding him down, according to arrest papers. Bailey cuffed Furr’s other wrist before Stout was helped up and shackled his feet, police said.

Both Furr and Stout were covered in dirt and evaluated at the scene by Mifflinburg Community Ambulance personnel, police said. According to arrest papers, unidentified pills and tablets along with a capped syringe were found in Furr’s pants pockets and vehicle.

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Furr suffered abrasions, police said. There was no word on Stout’s condition or potential injuries. Janaki Theivakumaran, deputy communications director of the state Board of Probation and Parole, declined to elaborate, saying she wouldn’t comment on an employee’s medical condition or the reason for Stout’s on-site visit.

Furr is no longer employed with Ritz-Craft, according to a company spokesman.

Furr is held in the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township. He awaits arraignment on two felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed Tuesday by Bailey in the office of District Judge Jeffrey Mensch.