Three officers responded to a call. An individual was causing a domestic disturbance at a friend’s residence. When the three officers arrived, they recognized the man as someone who had previously attempted to slit his own throat at a grocery story with a multi-tool. At this moment, the officers observed him smashing his head repeatedly into a cement wall, spewing blood in every direction.
One of the officers had worked S.W.A.T. and served in Afghanistan but to him, even this experience was peculiar. In an attempt to subdue the estranged man, the officers were met with resistance as he fought each of them off with incredible strength. In response, one of the officers drew a contact-type stun gun and applied volts to the body with no effect. A second shock did nothing still. The man would not give up.
As he escalated his violent behavior towards the officers, two officers drew their batons and attempted to manipulate the man’s body with submission techniques but the suspect fought through the attempt to subdue him. As the suspect moved towards the kitchen, the officers noticed that he was attempting to grab a knife, which would have brought about the use of lethal force. As the suspect concentrated his resistance on one of the officers, the one officer managed to push the suspect away as the other two drew their TigerLight pepper spray and shot a blast in the suspect’s face. In an anonymous interview, one officer said, “He was done!” The suspect dropped to the floor and complied with the officers’ orders.
“I have been using the same TigerLight since 2001 and it has never failed to stop a subject. Not once,” said the officer. Even though the same unit had been on his belt and suffered years of abuse, it was still capable of delivering effective results. “He was done for about 30-45 minutes.”
Three officers responded to a call. An individual was causing a domestic disturbance at a…
by Lawrence Heiskell, M.D. / Jan 16, 2009