At 6’6″ and 340 lbs, Mark A. Larsen is probably a pretty intimidating figure on the sidelines during Belleville East High School (IL) football games where he is not only an assistant coach but also a teacher. My guess is that most people would not want to mess with him when he’s sober, much less after he’s had a few. But that’s exactly what happened to some police officers this past weekend when they were called to break up a fight at VFW Post 5691. During the melee, Larsen–who was described by officers as “highly intoxicated and combative”–was somehow able to pull an officer’s gun and holster off of him and toss it into the crowd like a proud souvenir. None of the reports say that Larsen was tasered as a result, but he was finally brought under control and arrested on charges of disarming a police officer, which is a Class 1 felony.
The school is still examining the charges before they make a move, but likely he won’t be teacher at BEHS any time soon.
Here’s more from BND.com:
Mark A. Larsen, 28, of Belleville was arrested on Feb. 13 after a scuffle with Collinsville police during a fight at the VFW tavern.
“I don’t know what prompted him to do what he did,” said Maj. Tom Coppotelli. “From all indications, Larsen was involved in the altercation. The officers asked everyone involved in the fight to leave the building and Larsen refused.” Larsen, who is 6-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 340 pounds, is accused of ripping off the gun and holster from Officer Paul Kilquist’s belt during the altercation