REDDING, Calif. - A man described by witnesses as "crazed" and "irrational" was tased and arrested at the Redding Walmart after police said he threatened several people with a knife.
Police arrested David Michael Macleod, a 20 year old transient from the Redding area.
The incident started around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Sears store on Dana Drive. Craig Kimball, 57 of Redding, told police he was sitting in his truck when he was approached by a man carrying a crow bar and a knife. Police say the suspect, Macleod, held up the crow bar in a threatening manner and threatened to kill Kimball. Kimball locked himself in the truck and called police.
Twenty minutes later, around 5:50 p.m. similar calls came in from the Walmart store a few blocks away on Dana Drive.
Police said the Walmart store manager Chris Schooner reported that a man stole a cellular phone and threatened Walmart employees with a knife. Police said Macleod left the store where he was spotted by a police officer.
Police say Macleod refused the officer's orders to stop and drop the knife. That's when the officer deployed the taser.
Redding police say he was acting very odd, going from laughing to yelling and even growling. He is facing several felony charges including robbery, burglary and brandishing a knife at people in a threatening manner.