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Tasered trooper gets sweet apology

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on December 12, 2017 2:50PM

Last changed on December 12, 2017 7:21PM

Oregon State Police trooper Mitchell Goldman was accidentally tasered by a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputy back in October. The deputy apologized with a cake.

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police trooper Mitchell Goldman was accidentally tasered by a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputy back in October. The deputy apologized with a cake.


Oregon State Police trooper Mitchell Goldman was literally shocked during a Hermiston domestic violence call. The cake he got from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office seemed to make up for the trouble.

State police on Monday posted a photo of Goldman with the cake he received for taking a shot from the Taser of sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Roberts. Blue icing on the cake said, “Sorry you got tased.”

Goldman the evening of Oct. 11 responded to the call at 2295 N. Townsend Road, Hermiston and contacted Michael Jacob Morris, 21. State police on Facebook reported Morris “became belligerent” when the trooper tried to pat him down and a “scuffle ensued.”

Roberts said he pulled up and saw Goldman and Morris in a struggle and wanted to subdue the suspect. He said he fired his Taser stun gun, and one prong struck Morris flush, but the other skipped off and hung up in the trooper’s vest. Both men felt the gun’s jolt of electricity.

“When they let go, the Taser stopped,” Roberts said, “and the guy gave up and that was it.”

Roberts said it was not his intent to zap Goldman, but the Taser was the safer choice under the circumstances. The weapon can overwhelm a person’s system with electricity while not leaving lasting effects.

State police also reported Goldman shared the photo on Facebook with the line, “Getting tased is a cake walk.”

Circuit Court records show Morris faces misdemeanor charges of attempted assault, assault, harassment and interfering with police from the Oct. 11 fracas and misdemeanors of assault and interfering with police from July 29. His cases go to trial Dec. 19 and 20, and for now he remains in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.

Goldman was off duty Tuesday. Roberts said he never got a piece of the cake, which a co-worker baked for the trooper.

Morris didn’t get any cake, either.



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