The officers tried talking to the man to try to get him to drop the knife, but he refused and then moved back into his home. "We saw evidence of alcohol and believe alcohol was involved." Police called in backup and eventually a stun gun was used to try to control the man "He had a fairly bulky coat on and the conductive energy weapon had limited effect on him." It was then that another officer fired a single round from his revolver, wounding the man in the arm. The 29-year-old man is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [LINK]
The taser (I'll assume it was a taser) was ineffective, ah, because the man was wearing "...a fairly bulky coat...". Ah, yeah. It's mid-August. Even in Newfoundland, it's mid-August. If the taser doesn't work in mid-August, what chance does it have with mid-February clothing?
The police were then forced to use a police revolver, which was (as is not as uncommon as you might think) not fatal. The latest figure I have seen is that police gun fire is about 50% fatal.
The ONLY question I have here is about the relationship between the failure of the taser and the resultant shooting. Was the man shot BECAUSE the taser didn't work?
I've seen some faint indication that when a taser fails to be effective, then the police will more-quickly resort to using their gun. I wonder about that sometimes...
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