Man Stunned With Taser After Breaching Security at LAX

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Los Angeles airport police used a Taser to subdue a man after he breached security Wednesday at LAX, officials said.

Airport police were notified by Transportation Security Administration officers that a man was not cooperating with security officials in the screening area at Terminal 6.

As police tried to help the TSA officers, the man refused to cooperate and pushed past an officer. They followed the man and detained him at Gate 66.

Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” film series, was at the airport and captured the man’s interaction with police.

In Troyer’s video, which the actor posted to his YouTube channel, an officer can be seen trying to handcuff the suspect, who then raises his arms and walks away.

Another cellphone video taken by a passenger in the terminal shows an officer using the Taser on the man as he lay face down the ground. The man, who was unarmed, was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

The man was identified as 21-year-old Christian James Heinz of Danville. He was booked for trespassing and resisting arrest, said airport police spokeswoman Alicia Hernandez.

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No passengers in the checkpoint were injured.

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