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Police Body Cameras Catch University of Central Florida Student's Bad LSD Trip, Tasering

A University of Central Florida student was shot by officers with a Taser after going on a shirtless rant during an apparently bad LSD trip, an incident caught on police body cameras.

John Cain, 21, had pulled the fire alarm at UCF's library Sunday and ran outside yelling for help when fellow students tried to calm him, WESH reported.

"Sit down and stay calm dude," one student said, in cell phone video taken by one student. "Sit down in the grass and calm down, bro."

"Where am I," Cain responds, before becoming violent with the other students.

As the students waited for campus police to arrive, witnesses were heard on the video saying Cain told them he took LSD and needed help. He also kept removing his clothing.

When officers arrived, body cameras showed them confront a shirtless Cain, who put up a brief fight before he was shot with the Taser and taken into custody.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, and it was unknown if he'll face any charges.

Police officials said Cain told them he took LSD. They said there were no serious injuries.

"The mission of the UCF Police Department is to provide and maintain a safe environment,” said Deputy Chief Brett Meade. "In this case, officers recognized a student in distress and used their training to professionally diffuse the situation with his well-being and the safety of other students in mind."

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