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Man shot, stunned by cops arrested on menacing charge

Investigators probe scene of shooting at the Babylon

Investigators probe scene of shooting at the Babylon Park Center apartment complex in Deer Park. (Oct. 9, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

The Deer Park man shot and stunned with a Taser by Suffolk police last month was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge of menacing a police officer.

Eric Bohlsen, 40, was held on a $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond bail.

He had been shot in the abdomen Oct. 9 in the apartment he shares with his father, Edward, 79.

Bohlsen, who has schizophrenia, had threatened to cut off his father's head, police said. When officers arrived, he threatened them with a knife, led them on a chase to the next-door property, a trucking company, where he dropped the knife, police said.

Eventually, officers found him in the a bedroom of his apartment, police said, and in the dimly lit area, Bohlsen lunged toward two officers, leading one to shoot and the other to stun him with a Taser.

Bohlsen, who was released from the hospital Wednesday, was represented by Legal Aid at arraignment, said Aaron Gudema of Holbrook, a family friend who took the father to the arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip.

Gudema said Bohlsen has lost 35 pounds since being shot and looks "like he got out of a prisoner of war camp."

"He's not a violent person," Gudema said. "He looks menacing, but he's not."

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