Mokena Cop Tased With Own Stun Gun

MOKENA, Ill. (CBS/STMW) — A Mokena police officer was shocked with his own Taser stun gun during a confrontation early Sunday morning.

The incident happened after police saw James Abramowicz, 26, driving his Mustang and “doing burnouts” in the parking lot of 191 South, a restaurant and bar at 10160 W. 191st St. in Mokena, police said.

Employees at the restaurant ran outside and told police that Abramowicz was a former pizza delivery driver who had been screeching his tires in the parking lot.

Police stopped him in a nearby parking lot, where he refused to show them his driver’s license. Abramowicz then ran from his car.

A second officer arrived and began chasing him up a hill in a wooded area shouting “Taser, Taser” and demanding he stop. Abramowicz cursed at the officer and kept running. Both men fell as they ran up the hill and the second officer ordered Abramowicz onto his stomach. Instead, Abramowicz grabbed the Taser with both hands and tried to pull it away.

During the ensuing struggle, the Taser went off, causing both men to receive a shock, police said.

The officer then Tased Abramowicz a second time in the lower back and was able to handcuff him. At the police station, Abramowicz congratulated himself for his actions, telling police, “At least I had the (guts) to try to get the Taser from the officer instead of taking a shock like a (sissy),” according to a police report.

Abramowicz, 14748 S. Cricketwood Court in Homer Glen, was charged with battery, disarming a police officer, resisting a peace officer, disobeying a peace officer and fleeing police. He was also ticketed for DUI , reckless driving, illegal screeching of tires and no insurance.

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  • KE

    I am sorry to hear that the officer got tasered.

    Nice –a DUI — reckless driving — no insurance
    But I am glad that that “piece” of work Abromwicz is off the streets.

  • DON


  • smokem if u got em

    burnouts are cool, they should have given him the medal of honor. then tased themselves.

  • Jeff DeMilio

    the story said he was in the parking lot. how can he get a ticket for burning out if he was on private property? if the cop was smart he would have wrote him on tresspassing. the illegal squeeling of tires ticket wont hold up in court. sorry. as for not obeying an officer ,well that will stand. traffic laws dont apply on private property. not even the stop signs at the mall.

  • BD

    1. If he refused to give them the license doesn’t that mean he was right by them….how did he escape?
    2. Where around 191 is there a “wooded area” ?
    3. Where is this so called “hill”?
    4. I’m sure they both “fell”
    5. How does a person that just got tased even move?
    6. I’m sure he said “guts” and “sissy”
    7. How does the chief of police for mokena feel?

  • stun gun

    I don’t know what is the reaction I can said to this case! But If I were the Police I think I have the same feeling with him…SHOCKED!!! Using my own stun gun against is so feels like insulting!

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