Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Taser Didn't Save This Life

Despite taser fans' claims of the device's awesome effectiveness, this happened:

Officers soon arrived and ordered the man to come out, but he removed his pants and belt and refused to follow their orders, McGougin said. Officers used a Taser device on the man, giving him a five-second blast of electricity, and the man agreed to surrender, the chief said.

But instead of surrendering, McGougin said, the man ran into the woods from the other side of the house.

"He ran wearing his boxers, boots and a T-shirt and jumped into a nearby pond," McGougin said. "He went to the middle and began to tread water, still refusing to surrender. Officers went to get a boat, and we heard him slap the water and call for help. He went under and did not resurface."