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Yellowstone County deputies taser man who threatened them with broom, assaulted others

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Michael Williams faces three felony charges (MTN News) Michael Williams faces three felony charges (MTN News)
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An Acton made who was tasered by police after he allegedly threatened them with a broom handle over the weekend made his initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Monday.

Michael Williams, 54, was charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon, one count of aggravated animal cruelty, and one count of resisting arrest.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies were called on Saturday to the Acton residence, where Williams was reportedly trying to assault a teenage boy.

When the deputies encountered Williams, he began backing away and said he was not going back to jail.

Williams told the deputies that he had been arguing with his ungrateful son but denied that the argument became physical.

A woman at the residence told authorities that Williams struck her in the head with a trash can lid repeatedly.

When authorities went to arrest Williams, he went to a vehicle and picked up a metal broom handle and raised it toward the deputies.

According to court documents, the first deputy deployed his taser unsuccessfully, but the second deputy’s attempt to tase Williams was successful.

Williams dropped to the ground and the deputies handcuffed the man.

The female victim told deputies that Williams struck her with the trashcan lid and then went to the chicken coop, pulled out a chicken and beat it to death with the broom handle.

Williams then began yelling and chasing the teenage boy, according to the woman.

Another witness at the residence told deputies she’d seen Williams hit the woman with the trashcan lid at least four times.

Williams is being held at the Yellowstone County jail on $5,000 bond.

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