A Johnson City man is charged with menacing, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct after Broome County Sheriff’s officials say they found him leaning over a fence, yelling obscenities and swinging a sword at some dogs shortly at 12:54 a.m. October 2.  Authorities say apparently 55 year old Phouphit Thongrivong was annoyed by the dogs’ barking.

Deputies used a Taser on him when he refused orders to drop the sword and came toward officers in a threatening manner. After the Taser was deployed, Thongrivong dropped the sword, fell to the ground and was taken into custody by Deputies and two New York State Troopers who also responded to the scene.

Authorities say the Troopers were providing cover in the event the Taser was not effective and the suspect continued to advance with the deadly weapon

Deputies say Thongrivong was highly intoxicated.

He was taken to Binghamton General Hospital for a mental health evaluation and due to his high level of intoxication.


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