2009-10-15 / Obituaries

Allegheny Co. Panel Finds Stun Guns Safe To Use

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A panel that’s been studying stun guns in Allegheny County says they’re safe when properly used.

District Attorney Stephen Zappala convened the panel a year ago after outcry over several stun gun incidents, including the death of a suburban Pittsburgh man. However, the county medical examiner ruled the man died of a heart attack triggered by cocaine and blood pressure medicine, not from a Taser.

The panel found when properly used, stun guns carry less risk of death and injury than batons, firearms and other weapons.

The panel recommended Thursday that policies be developed for stun gun use and that police keep records of how often they’re used.

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