Passenger shot with stun gun, forcibly removed from plane after fight

An unruly passenger was shot with a stun gun, arrested and forcibly removed from a flight Sunday evening in an incident fellow passengers caught on video.

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The Chicago-bound American Airlines plane sat at the gate at Miami International Airport Sunday for over an hour due to the disturbance, according to an airline statement.

Video posted on Twitter taken by a fellow flyer shows a male passenger, identified by authorities as Jacob Garcia of Chicago, Illinois, getting held down and Tasered several times by three Miami-Dade police officers. Garcia asks why he is getting removed from the plane, and an officer responds, “You just assaulted a lady.”

Miami-Dade Department of Corrections via AP
Jacob Garcia, a passenger on an American Airlines flight bound for Chicago was removed following a disagreement with another passenger on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

According to an American Airlines statement obtained by ABC News, the incident started with a disagreement between two passengers. Garcia was allegedly asked by the crew to deplane but refused. Police officers were called onto the plane.

“Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The same passenger was subsequently arrested by law enforcement,” according to a statement from the airline.

All other passengers remained on the plane.

The flight departed an hour later than scheduled, and successfully reached its destination at Chicago’s O’Hare airport early Monday morning.

ABC News’ Becky Perlow and Chad Murray contributed to this report.

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