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October 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Jail inmate who died after being subdued with a stun gun was identified Monday as Michael Patrick Lass. Lass, 28, died Friday after guards shocked him with a Taser when he allegedly became combative. He had been arrested for drinking in public Wednesday and was due to be released Saturday. Though Lass had no known address, authorities said, his father lives in Trabuco Canyon. The incident is being investigated by the district attorney's office.
October 14, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old transient incarcerated at Orange County Jail for drinking in public has died after being subdued with a stun gun, authorities said Saturday. "He was scheduled to be released today," said Damon Micalizzi, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The man's name was withheld pending notification of relatives. The death was the county's second associated with a Taser gun in a little more than a month. Micalizzi said the incident occurred about 12:45 p.m.
September 19, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Orange County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday defended their decision to use a stun gun on a 15-year-old autistic boy who ran away from his parents and later dashed into traffic. Using the Taser in this case "was the right thing to do," said Jim Amormino, a sheriff's spokesman. "If that were your son, would you want him Tased or hit by a car? The deputy made the right decision. . . . It could have saved [the boy's] life."
May 26, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A Simi Valley man who was shocked with a Taser during a confrontation with police died this week, and authorities said Friday that an investigation into his death is continuing. A cause of death for Raymundo Guerrero Garcia, 31, who died at a local hospital Wednesday night, will not be released until toxicology tests are completed, which could take up to four months, said Craig Stevens, a Ventura County senior deputy medical examiner.
May 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Police Commission agreed this week to issue Tasers equipped with small cameras to 55 officers for a test program after supervisors concluded that the recorded scene may be helpful in case of litigation. A report by the Firearms and Tactics Section also identified training concerns. Among those were the need for officers to learn not to cover the camera when holding the Taser with two hands, and the loss of picture when officers lower the Taser after use.
December 4, 2006 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Fred Weary, a pro football player for the Houston Texans, was driving his maroon Chevy Impala SS last month when he was pulled over by police after failing to signal that he was changing lanes. What happened next is in dispute. Police say Weary was "verbally combative" and did not put his hands on his car when ordered. The 305-pound offensive lineman says he did what the officers told him.
November 22, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Police officers on six UC campuses carry Taser guns, but UCLA appears to be alone in expressly allowing officers to stun not only violent suspects but those who are passively resisting their orders. In interviews Tuesday, top officials at university police departments across the state stressed that officers should be given discretion when using Tasers but said they thought the weapons should be used primarily against suspects who posed a physical risk.
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 9, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A man who ran away after being pulled over for a traffic violation died Tuesday when a Santa Ana police officer shot him with a stun gun, authorities said. The man was the first person to die in the city in 10 years after being hit with one of the guns, said Lt. Baltazar De La Riva, spokesman for the department. The gun manufacturer, Taser International, has come under scrutiny by the International Assn.
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