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Sonoma County Jail Inmate Shot with Taser After Fleeing Courtroom

A Sonoma County Jail inmate who fled a courtroom was subdued when a county sheriff’s deputy shot him with a Taser stun gun this morning. John Pote, 37, a Santa Rosa-area transient, was in Sonoma County Superior Court following his arrest Thursday for five outstanding misdemeanor warrants, sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

Pote became upset and fled Judge Gary Medvigy’s courtroom. Court personnel activated an emergency alarm and a deputy gave chase, Focha said. Deputies in other courtrooms responded and Pote was detained near the district attorney’s office. He physically resisted, broke free and ran toward a deputy who ordered him to stop, according to Focha. Pote refused and was shot with a Taser.

Medical personnel attended to him and he was being booked late this morning on suspicion of felony escape, Focha said. Pote has misdemeanor convictions for petty theft, obstructing a public officer, DUI and vandalism, and violated his subsequent probation sentences, according to court records.

Santa Rosa police arrested him Thursday on a $25,000 warrant.

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