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Man smashes TVs, cameras in Minn. Target

WINONA, Minn., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A man using a hammer to smash big-screen televisions and cameras in a Minnesota store was stopped when police tasered him, authorities said.

Jerome Charles Eberle, 39, of Chicago, destroyed merchandise in the Target Corp., store in Winona, the Winona Daily News reported Monday.

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A shopper notified police, saying a man was smashing televisions while repeating "hammer, hammer" in a monotone, police said.

Another witness said Eberle had a glazed look in his eyes and was walking like Frankenstein.

Police said they arrived to find Eberle, bloody-faced, wielding the hammer. When police chased Eberle, he swung once at them and was tasered twice before being taken into custody.

Eberle was taken for a behavioral evaluation, and claimed to remember only parts of the incident, Sgt. Chris Nelson said.

Eberle is charged with two counts of assault for attacking officers, obstruction of justice with force, first-degree property damage and disorderly conduct, the newspaper reported.

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