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MANSFIELD - A 51-year-old man who allegedly told Stop & Shop employees he had a gun and would shoot them, was shot with a Taser gun by Foxboro police, who assisted local police early Wednesday.

Michael Pelick III, of 105 South High St. in Foxboro, was shot with the electronic stun gun around 1:45 a.m. outside of the store, where he was confronted by police, and allegedly refused their commands during a prolonged standoff, police said.

Mansfield Detective Sgt. Sam Thompson said Pelick had a large bulge in his front pocket, claimed to have a gun and was threatening to shoot the officers.

Pelick was shot by Foxboro Sgt. Scott Austin with the Taser, according to police, after Pelick refused to take his hands out of his pockets and get on his knees.

He suffered a head wound when he fell backward and struck his head on the pavement. He was released to police custody after treatment at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Police found a wad of papers in Pelick's pockets and say the suspect showed signs of intoxication.

Pelick was ordered held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health and alcohol evaluation after arraignment in Attleboro District Court.

He faces charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, being disorderly and resisting arrest.

Foxboro police were called to assist Mansfield police, who do not have Taser weapons.

The incident came three months after a suspected bank robber was fatally shot by Mansfield police after a standoff on School Street near Spring Street. A preliminary investigation said the shooting was justified.

Foxboro Police Chief Edward O'Leary said Foxboro police have had Tasers for about a year and have only had to use them a few times. Most often, suspects comply after being told police have Tasers, he said.

Pelick, who lives near the Stop & Shop, was arrested by Mansfield officers Jeff Danner and Robert Pierce. Stop & Shop employees tried to get Pelick to leave the store several times before he finally went outside with an employee. Police were called after Pelick allegedly swore at a deliveryman while sitting outside the store on a bench.
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