Agitated Boise man approaches officers with fists up, gets Tased

Boise police responded Monday evening to a report of a man possibly needing medical attention but instead found Michael L. Dowler, 35, ready to fight.

Officers arrived in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2400 block of South Apple Street at 10:23 p.m. to find Dowler asleep on the ground.

When officers woke him up to make sure he was OK, Dowler began swearing at them. Dowler, whom officers believed was intoxicated, took a fighting stance and approached officers with his fists raised, according to a police report.

Officers believed Dowler was going to attack them and they warned him multiple times that he could be Tased. Dowler continued to advance toward officers in a threatening manner, police said. He was subsequently shot with a Taser and subdued.

Dowler was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released into police custody. While at the hospital, police say, Dowler was combative, kicking at hospital workers and officers. At one point, he allegedly struck a hospital employee.

He was arraigned Tuesday on two felonies, assault or battery upon certain personnel and battery against a health care worker, and a misdemeanor, resisting or obstructing officers. Held on $50,000 bond, he was still in the Ada County Jail Tuesday afternoon, awaiting a June 23 preliminary hearing.