Allentown PD use Taser to stop armed man near children in park

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Published: Oct 20 2013 12:31:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2013 09:07:49 AM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown police say a chase, by car and on foot, ended when an officer used a Taser to stop a man who was armed with an assault rifle near a park where children were playing.

Police say it all started around 4:40 p.m. Saturday when an officer tried to stop a vehicle in the 500 block of Chew Street for failing to use a turn signal.

That's when police say the driver, 32-year-old Guillermo Ferrer, sped off, leading police on chase over several blocks along Law Street and William Street before he finally stopped and jumped out of his vehicle in the 400 block of Law Street.

Police say Ferrer , who was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, then ran near a park where children were playing.

Police say Ferrer followed officers' orders to drop his gun, but an officer used a Taser when the suspect failed to follow orders to keep his hands in the air.

No one was injured, according to police.

Police say Ferrer, who has no known address, is from Brooklyn. Police say Ferrer was convicted in New York of robbery and possessing a stolen firearm.

Allentown police are charging Ferrer with recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, person not to possess a firearm, eluding police, disorderly conduct and various traffic offenses.