Former corrections officer arrested for taser threat

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — A former Trumbull County corrections officer was arrested Thursday after police said he pulled a Taser with a laser scope on a 16-year-old girl who was delivering newspapers.

Jeffrey McFalls, 36, was arrested after he was picked out of a police lineup by the victims.  He was charged with impersonating a police officer and aggravated menacing.

According to police, Kayla Petri, her stepfather Keith Lelesch and their friend Kim Wilkins were delivering newspapers around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Kayla said while walking down Helen Avenue, she noticed a red dot on her face. Kayla ran back to her stepfather’s van, afraid that she was going to be shot.

“It came across my face and my body and I thought I was going to be shot,” Kayla said.

Lelesch and Wilkins at first thought Kayla was joking.

“So me and her start looking around. As soon as I turned to my left, I see this dot hit me straight in my face,” Lelesch said.

Lelesch confronted the man, later identified as McFalls.

“The stepfather went to the man that had the Taser with the laser light on it and approached him, confronted him, asked him what he was doing. He told the delivery man he was a Trumbull County sheriff’s deputy and he was patrolling the neighborhood,” said Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell.

McFalls has been on medical leave from the Trumbull County Jail since 2008, where he was a corrections officer. McFalls pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday morning and posted $1,250 bond. He will be back in court April 9.

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