So much for the Taser...


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Preacherman
May 3, 2005, 01:23 PM
I guess a Taser qualifies as a "gun", so here's the article. One question, though - one of the "victims" had a Taser, as well as the police officer. Is Taser selling its units to the public yet? I knew they were talking about it, but I wasn't aware it was happening yet.

From the St. Petersburg Times, FL (http://www.sptimes.com/2005/05/02/Citrus/Deputies_report_rampa.shtml):

Deputies report rampage of naked, shocking behavior

An Inverness man broke into a home, threatened neighbors and put his fingers in a socket, deputies say.

By ABBIE VANSICKLE
Published May 2, 2005

INVERNESS - An Inverness man was arrested Saturday after breaking into his neighbors' house and threatening them, shocking himself by sticking his fingers into a lamp socket, threatening a deputy with a metal rod, running naked through his yard and chewing through a cable in a patrol car, authorities said.

Authorities arrested Shyne Harris Phelps, 39, of 2510 Jupiter St., at 1:45 a.m., on charges of kidnapping, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with intent to commit a felony, resisting an officer with violence, battery and criminal mischief, an arrest report said.

Deputies were called to a home on East Dawson Drive, just behind Beall's, at 1:35 a.m. after getting a call of a burglary in progress.

On arrival, Deputy Lynn Tabb saw several people standing in the yard, pointing and yelling. Then he heard something hit the rear passenger side of the patrol car.

When Tabb turned, he saw a man holding a metal rod and wearing only a sheet wrapped around his waist, a report said. He was yelling that he was "ready to go to jail."

Tabb got out of his car and ordered the man to drop the rod. He did, but quickly picked it up again and made a threatening gesture. Tabb pulled his gun. The man dropped the rod but shouted that he was "ready to die" and took off running.

The man tried to scale a chain-link fence to get back to his home on the adjoining property.

The deputy fired a Taser at him, but it didn't connect. The man threw dirt and rocks in the deputy's face, the report said.

The suspect made it over the fence, losing his sheet in the process and sprinted, naked, into his home, the report said.

Neighbors told Tabb that the man had several guns in the house, but the suspect soon came out of the house and was arrested without further incident.

Four people told deputies that the man came into their home after the family called the Sheriff's Office to complain about noise at Phelps' house.

The man came in through the back door, they said, and grabbed them and shouted, "It is time for you to die."

As he tried to force one of the family members out of the home, one of the victims shot him with a Taser.

That just caused the intruder to demand to be shocked some more. He grabbed a lamp, unscrewed the bulb and stuck his fingers in, shocking himself and yelling.

After Phelps was arrested, deputies say he damaged the patrol car by biting through a cable cord in the back seat.

Phelps was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital and then booked into the county jail.

He was held without bail.

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heypete
May 3, 2005, 01:29 PM
Is Taser selling its units to the public yet?

Yes.

http://www.taser.com/self_defense/index.htm

Note that the air catridges have traceable tags that identify the user, in theory preventing hoodlums from running around, zapping people, then making off with their valuables. If they've actually been used to track people, I don't know.

Interestingly enough, the civilian tasers are more powerful than police onces -- they'll incapacitate a bad guy for ~30 seconds, rather than 5. The logic being that a civilian zaps the bad guy then flees, while the police only need to zap and subdue the bad guy. Fleeing obviously requires more time than tackling...

Now, if someone ran naked into my house yelling "now it's time to die", he's going to leave with a severe case of lead poisioning. :eek:

jwmoore
May 3, 2005, 01:36 PM
I wouldn't be suprised that the citizen was using a stun-gun, which the paper has mistakenly identified.

The local CBS news had a report last night on citizen-owned tasers as an alternative to firearms. I thought it was fairly neutral on either side, and they did point out that it only fires once at one bad guy.

~W

Rockrivr1
May 3, 2005, 01:41 PM
Well, whatever it was that they shot the guy with it didn't work worth a damn. Time to trade that piece of junk in and get a real self defense weapon.

Standing Wolf
May 3, 2005, 04:27 PM
He was yelling that he was "ready to go to jail."

Who said criminals are totally stupid? Once in awhile, one gets it right.

stevelyn
May 3, 2005, 06:36 PM
Interestingly enough the civilian Tasers are more powerful than the police ones.

More correctly, the police Tasers are more powerful at 26 watts (hence the M-26) than the civilian model at 17 watts (M-17).
The difference is in the cycle time. The M-26 has a cycle of 5 seconds and the M-17 cycles for 30 seconds for the reasons you stated.

dev_null
May 3, 2005, 07:00 PM
So, sounds like "Killer Weed" is back on the market again?

redneck2
May 3, 2005, 07:04 PM
And some people want to legalize drugs. Think how many of these loonie tunes we'd have running around if drugs were free for the taking

P95Carry
May 3, 2005, 07:25 PM
resisting an officer with violence, battery and criminal mischief, an arrest report said. Wondering what sort of battery Peter - if he sticks his fingers in a lamp socket - well, that's A/C ... maybe a new sort of battery has come out recently? :p :neener:

Firethorn
May 3, 2005, 07:26 PM
Redneck,

I wonder how much of this was because of the drugs, or the impurities and uneven dosages of said drugs? Heck, he could be on nothing harder than alchohol.

gm
May 3, 2005, 08:02 PM
chewing through a cable? who was that guy...jaws?


an I thought sticking ones tongue on a 9volt battery terminal was dumb..geesh.

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