Tasers: They're not just for summer comedies anymore

One of the big-laugh-getting scenes in The Hangover, a movie that's raked in more than $270 million thus far, features a kid using a taser to shoot Zach Galifianakis in the face -- or, as Rob Riggle, playing a cop, puts it, "IN THE FACE!" But if the folks at the Aurora Police Department guffawed at this sequence when the flick opened in June, they probably wouldn't find it all that funny after an incident that took place yesterday. APD reps arrived at a residence looking for Markus Alec Gabel, 19, who was wanted on a felony warrant, and they found him. But after they also spotted some drug paraphernalia, another man at the location took off running. When officers caught up with him, he reportedly became violent, so they tased him, rendering him so dangerously unresponsive that he had to be rushed to a hospital. Don't expect to see this bit reenacted in The Hangover 2.

To see a photo of Gabel and read the APD's version, look below.

Officers Arrest Fugitive, Use Taser to Control Second Man

6:30 p.m., September 3

Aurora, Colo. -- On September 3, 2009, shortly before noon, Aurora Police Officers went to a residence in the 4000 block of South Mission Parkway in an attempt to locate a 19-year-old man wanted on several arrest warrants including a felony, statewide extradition warrant.

Officers arrived and were told the man they were seeking -- Markus Alec Gabel, DOB: 09/02/1990 -- was inside the residence. Officers entered the residence and contacted several people including the fugitive. Gabel was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Aurora Detention Center.

During the course of ensuing investigation, Officers found drug paraphernalia and issued a municipal summons to another individual in the residence.

While Officers were completing their investigation a man who had been talking with Officers suddenly fled on foot from the residence. Despite orders by Officers to stop the man continued to run. Officers pursued the man into a canal on the west side of Mission Viejo Park.

As Officers caught up to the man to take him into custody he became combative and was Tased by an Officer. Immediately after the man was placed in custody Officers noticed he had become rigid and unresponsive. Officers immediately performed CPR on the man and requested that Fire/Rescue respond to the park. The man was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

During the foot chase and subsequent physical confrontation two Officers were injured. One of the Officers was transported from the scene by ambulance to a local hospital. The Officer's condition is not being released.

The condition and the identity of the man who was transported from the park after being Tased is not known at this time. Major Crimes Unit detectives are investigating this incident.

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