2 : to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will
Gotta love the dictionary. The definitions are so perfectly fitting - and really add nice color commentary to the story. This story for example:
An arsonist attempted to set a church on fire - he was caught by a few people in the neighborhood and was subdued by one of the residents with a baseball bat. Said arsonist is recovering from the attack at the Edmonds hospital.
God that makes me laugh... arsonists are typically perverts that get off on their handi-work (so to speak) so bonus points for catching and "subduing" this freak.
Another link that has some funny quotes from the guy that caught this freak: