“Stop! Stand Still!” Kowalski bellowed, but the boy kept right on running.
“Damnit! Stop” Kowalski shouted again, and this time he did stop, turning around to face the red-faced, out of breath, angry cop.
“Hands in the air!” Kowalski yelled, but the boy did not comply. Instead, he stepped backward and turned away to start running again.
“Oh no you don’t” Kowalski growled and drew the TASER from his utility belt. Quickly, he aimed and fired.
Lightning pulsed through the boy’s body, dropping him to the ground like a felled tree. His whole body convulsed uncontrollably. He screamed.
Kowalski struggled to catch his breath. He moved to the still twitching boy and rolled him over on his belly to place handcuffs on him, but the boy was incredibly strong and he began to struggle, wriggling away from the cop’s grasp.
“You’re not going anywhere.” Kowalski tased him a second time, then a third, until he finally went limp and lay still.
“You’re under arrest.” Kowalski pronounced.
But the boy was already dead.