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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:36 am

The man accused of shooting a man who is now paralyzed due to his injuries is facing new charges.

Paul Huckstep is accused of inciting a riot and preventing arrest or discharge of other duties in regard to an incident at the Williams County Correctional Center on March 23.

In a sworn affidavit, Capt. Verlan Kvande of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said members of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 8:22 p.m. March 23 at the Williams County Correctional Center. The caller said Huckstep was trying to incite a riot in B-pod of the corrections center.

When officers arrived, Huckstep had called the control room and said his food was sour and all of B-pod was refusing to eat. Huckstep said if the pod didn’t get new food, he would start a riot. He also demanded more food from the commissary such as peanut butter. Huckstep kept kicking the door to B-Pod and pushing the intercom button.

Refusing to comply with corrections staff demands, Huckstep took off his pants and shirt, walking around B-Pod and kicking the door. When jail staff told inmates to return to their cells, Huckstep refused.

Huckstep eventually tied himself to a metal table. After he was cut from the table, he crawled under it and grabbed the edge of the table while being pulled from under it.

He later said he went under the table because he knew the area underneath the table was sharp, and he was hoping someone would get cut.

Still refusing to comply with staff demands, Huckstep placed his hands under himself and yelled “Tase me.” An officer placed his taser in drive stun mode on Huckstep’s back, but Huckstep continued to resist. The officer tried his taser again, but Huckstep still resisted, yelling for the officers to stun him again.

The corrections staff eventually got Huckstep under control, and he was placed in a restraint chair.

Huckstep was in district court Tuesday on the new charges, but the hearing was postponed because his attorney could not get to the courthouse.

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