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Medford police subdue man armed with knives

A disorderly and possibly delusional man armed with two knives was subdued with a Taser early this morning and safely taken into custody, Medford police reported.

Officers were called to a home in the 900 block of King Street at about 4:40 a.m. to deal with a man armed with two knives, yelling and being disorderly, a news release today said.

The man, later identified as Hector Adolfo Rodriguez, 25, went back into the home when police arrived. Officers could see him slashing at things inside and eventually determined that there was another person inside, too, Budreau said in the release.

Police called Rodriguez and found him to be apparently delusional and a danger to himself and others, the news release said.

Officers surrounded the home and evacuated nearby neighbors. At about 6:10 a.m., Rodriguez came outside, still armed with the knives.

Officers used a Taser that shoots electrified projectiles an extended distance to subdue Rodriguez.

He was arrested on charges of coercion and disorderly conduct and a warrant charging him with violating parole on a past second-degree robbery conviction. The coercion charge is related to the second person in the house during the incident, police said.

Police previously had to use a Taser to subdue Rodriguez on Aug. 17 when he was suspected of being under the influence of methamphetamine and was threatening to kill himself, but was not armed. Rodriguez resisted officers' efforts to be taken into protective custody that day and officers used a Taser to take him into custody. He was not charged with a crime in that case but was referred to mental health services, police said.