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August 26, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Despite lingering questions about the safety of Taser stun guns, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department is about to join a growing list of law enforcement agencies that have purchased the weapon for patrol officers. Chief Deputy Bruce McDowell, who oversees the department's training, said the decision to proceed with the $500,000 purchase of 500 Taser X26 devices was made after several years of research.
August 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who died after police shot him with a Taser stun gun was identified Wednesday as James Nunez, 27, of Santa Ana, police said. Nunez, who died after being chased about half a mile on foot and shot with the electric-shock device Tuesday, was wanted on a "no-bail" warrant for an unspecified narcotics violation, said Santa Ana Police Cmdr. Baltazar De La Riva. A small amount of what is believed to be methamphetamine was found in the van Nunez had been driving and in his clothes, he said.
August 3, 2005 | Ammara Durrani, Times Staff Writer
Five San Jose police officers have been placed on leave while the Police Department investigates the death of a man who was shot with a Taser stun gun, pepper-sprayed and struck with a baton during a struggle with police. Police said the incident began Monday morning when the man kicked in the door of a condominium. The resident did not know the man and chased him to a convenience store, where the two men, whose identities were being withheld, fought.
May 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 55-year-old man arrested Monday on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance died Tuesday after being shocked twice with a Taser stun gun by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, authorities said. Leroy Pierson was seen acting strangely near an intersection, officials said, and was shocked when he became combative. He was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana, where he died.
February 27, 2005
Having just returned from central India, where my wife and I were fortunate to view two tigers in the wild in separate sightings in Pench National Park, I am disheartened to see our state officials so flippantly take the life of the tiger in Ventura County (Feb. 24). I was not at the scene and did not have the details that the Fish and Game officials had after the tiger was spotted by a citizen. I am concerned, however, that it appears that the officer in charge thought no more of the situation than if it was a rabid dog he was facing.
February 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who was shot several times by police using a Taser electric stun gun has died, authorities said Monday. Robert Clark Heston, 40, of Salinas died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, said police Lt. Kelly McMillin. Heston was hospitalized Saturday after his heart stopped when he was hit by Taser darts. Officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance said they saw Heston attack his 66-year-old father at their family home. Heston then attacked them, officers said.
January 8, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Taser International Inc. said Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating its claims about the safety of stun guns and a December order. Its shares fell 18%. Taser said it was cooperating with the informal SEC inquiry and was compiling information requested by the agency. The probe follows reports in states including California, Indiana and Texas of deaths that occurred after people were shocked with a Taser.
December 24, 2004 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center plans to stop using police officers to deal with agitated psychiatric patients, in response to a threat by federal health regulators to pull the hospital's funding. Last week, for the second time in six months, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warned the Los Angeles County-owned hospital that it relied too heavily on county police to subdue aggressive mental patients with Taser stun guns.
December 19, 2004 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in six months, federal health inspectors have threatened to cut off funding to the troubled Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center for allowing police to use Taser stun guns to subdue psychiatric patients. In June, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warned the Los Angeles County-owned hospital that it relied too heavily on county police to shoot aggressive mental patients with incapacitating jolts of electricity.
July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of law enforcement officers with Taser stun guns is going up in San Joaquin County, law enforcement officers said, in spite of a nationwide debate over the health risks of shocking suspects. The Tracy Police Department trained half of its force this month on how to use the stun guns, which give victims an electric shock that renders them unable to react for about five seconds. They can be used from a distance of 20 feet.
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