Man Tased in Columbus courtroom

May 3, 2011 12:47:00 PM

Ryan Poe - [email protected]


A 46-year-old man was Tased by police Monday in Columbus Municipal Court after he allegedly punched a bailiff in the eye and fought officers. 


Wearing dark sunglasses and smelling of alcohol, Leonard Cureton walked to the front of the Municipal Complex courtroom shortly before 7 p.m. and stood there before the judge with his hands over his head. 


After ignoring several commands to step back into the public area, Cureton -- whose last known residence was 313 1/2 15th Ave. S. -- punched the approaching bailiff several times in the face and grabbed him around the neck, according to Columbus police. 


Officers said they Tased the defendant because he was fighting them as they tried to handcuff him. 


Paramedics at the scene declined to transport the still-combative Cureton, who was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle by police.  


The bailiff, whose name was not released by police, was not seriously injured. 


Cureton, who was not scheduled to appear in court Monday, has a long history of run-ins with police, including two felony arrests already this year for robbery and felony malicious mischief.