Wednesday, January 17, 2007

OOP's - Sorry!

Officer Accidently Tasers Other Officer During Struggle With Teen in Ohio
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

WARREN, Ohio — A police officer was accidentally shocked by another officer's stun gun while they were trying to subdue a teenager suspected of being drunk, according to a police report.

Patrolman Sean Stephens was struck in the head and shocked with a barb from a Taser fired by Sgt. Martin Gargas. The other barb hit the 14-year-old boy, police said. Stephens was treated at a hospital and released.

The boy was fighting with officers who were trying to arrest him after curfew early Saturday, police said. He was taken into custody along with a 14-year-old girl who was at the scene.

The teens were released to family members after being charged with unruly curfew and underage consumption of alcohol. The boy also was charged with resisting arrest.

I am sure they will talk about this one over coffee and doughnuts someday!
Stun gun a drunk 14yr old? Seems a little excessive to me.


  1. See how much you have in common with normal folk, King? :)

    Honestly, you'd think two police officers could do something else with a 14 year old who is drunk other than taser the kid.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. ...maybe they could have dealt with the 14 year old boy, but when the 14 year old girl was added to the mix...WHOA!!! LIFE THREATENING SITUATION!!!
    I hate to say it, but it's a good thing that the other officer got some juice. It made the news so now we know that they felt that debilitating force was needed to handle these two kids.

  3. My father was a policeman for 25yrs. My opinion it is a thankless job. Nobody wants you around until they need your help.

    I think it is a shame these poor policemen always get prejudged and convicted in the media when involved in a fatal shooting.

    I always wonder where is the public outcry for the policeman who has to live with taking someones life.

    How can anyone question someones frame of mind or perception of events taking place at real speed if not in that position? This cannot be recreated. How do you realistically recreate fear of the unknown or loss of life?

    And to be honest as a kid, I prefered when the police would give me a slap and let me go. Only problem was my father ALWAYS knew when friends or I got in trouble.

    But yes a Taser seems to be a little extreme. But that Taser shots are my favorite part of COPS.



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