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State College police use Taser to subdue Penn State student outside McDonald’s

Police in State College deployed a Taser for the first time Saturday while subduing a female Penn State student outside the McDonald’s across from campus.

Ciarah Bishop, 22, of Philadelphia, was subdued with the stun gun after she repeatedly attempted to punch an officer, police said.

The State College and Penn State police departments outfitted officers with the weapons earlier this month.

Police responded to a call at McDonald’s at 2:38 a.m. shortly after about 50 to 75 people were escorted out of the restaurant by security for fighting and being disruptive. Bishop began banging on the locked doors of the restaurant and, despite repeated threats of arrest from officers at the scene, refused to leave without her food, police said.

An officer was attempting to handcuff Bishop when she struck him in the head, police said. The officer deployed pepper spray and Bishop attempted two more swings in his direction before being subdued with a Taser, police said.

Bishop was taken into holding, where she urinated on the floor, police said.

She faces several charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Bail has been set at $10,000.

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