A Beaufort Police officer used a Taser to subdue an emotionally disturbed man wielding a machete Tuesday near the intersection of Boundary and Scott streets, according to Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy. Officers were called to the intersection at about 2:13 p.m. after reports of a man walking with a machete and doing pushups on the side of the road, Clancy said. When officers arrived on scene, they encountered a 57-year-old man who was muttering to himself and said God ordered him to carry the machete and no one was going to take it from him, Clancy said. Clancy said the man then raised the machete over his head in an aggressive manner, causing one of the officers to use his Taser gun to shock the man. The man was examined by paramedics at the scene and had no apparent physical injuries, Clancy said. Clancy said the man was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation, and was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct.
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