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by Peter Moskos

November 17, 2008

Good Taser Use

I've said that Tasers are overused and too often lethal. But here is a perfect use--as an alternative to lethal force. Well done, BPD. The Baltimore Sun reports:
Baltimore police use Taser to subdue armed woman

November 17, 2008

Baltimore police used a Taser last night to disable a woman who was wielding a handgun in front of a house in the 200 block of W. Lorraine Ave. in the Remington community, said a Northern District shift commander. Sgt. Michael Hennlein said the woman, who is in her 20s, and a girlfriend were arguing in the house about 9:30 p.m. when the woman fired a shot that shattered a window but missed the other woman. Hennlein said several people in the house ran outdoors, followed by the armed woman. During the incident, someone called police to report a shooting. Hennlein said that when officers arrived, the woman was standing outside, bleeding from cuts caused by broken glass and threatening to shoot herself and others. After officers warned her to drop the gun and she failed to comply, one of the officers fired a Taser, striking the woman in the upper body with 50,000 volts, he said. The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of the lacerations and the effects of the Taser. He said charges were expected to be filed against the woman upon her release from the hospital and that no other injuries were reported.

1 comment:

dave h. said...

A job well done by BPD. Ten years ago she would have been dead. The top priority of police officers during a critical incident should be to preserve life while stopping active threats. BPD officers did just that, and when this woman gets herself together, she should thank them for keeping their composure and seeking a less lethal alternative. She won't, but she should.