A parolee has been arrested for trying to use a taser on a pair of Suffolk County police officers that he stole the weapon from during a traffic stop in Central Islip over the weekend, authorities said.

The officers stopped a Lexus for an equipment violation when found the driver, Dwayne Murray, had a loaded handgun and drugs in the car at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Willow Street at 6 p.m. Friday, police said.

That’s when the 23-year-old Coram man started fighting with the officers in an attempt to flee, stole one of the officers’ tasers from his gun belt holster and aimed it at the officers, but could not get it to work, police said.

Murray threw the taser to the ground and was subdued after additional officers responded to the scene.

The officers and Murray were treated and released from Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for non-life threatening injuries.

Murray, who was on parole for assault and armed robbery, charged with criminal possession of a weapon, robbery, menacing, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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His bail was set at $50,000 cash or $250,000 bond.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.