A Minnesota man is in police custody after allegedly pushing an Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputy down a flight of stairs.

20-year-old Tyler Noreen of Brook Park was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop on the 400 block of 5th Avenue Southeast. His car had expired tags, police said.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, when the deputy told him the reason for the stop, that’s when Noreen allegedly became angry. He was not complying with the deputy’s directions and walked into a nearby home

Capt. Scott Behrns said that when the deputy pulled out her taser and warned him that if he did not comply, she would use it, the suspect reportedly began taunting the deputy, daring her to deploy it. He yelled, “just tase me.”

Behrns said the deputy did but the suspect then allegedly pulled out the probes, charged the deputy. He connected with the deputy, pushing her violently down a flight of stairs into the basement of the residence and fled.

The suspect was captured when he went back to the residence. He was taken into custody by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer who was stationed there.

Noreen faces possible charges of third-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony assault on an officer, as well as obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for fleeing on foot, police said.

Noreen is now awaiting trial at Olmsted County District Court. His next court date is scheduled for July 23.

The female deputy was reportedly covered in a number of scrapes on her face and arm. Her mouth was swollen. She had to be transported to a nearby medical facility for stitches to her upper lip. She is now expected to be out of work for some time while she recovers from her injuries.

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