Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Taser Force

If a suspect grabs your Taser, how is that different from someone who grabs your gun? As a uniformed law enforcement officer having someone Tase you is very dangerous. Once you are immobilized they can take your firearm and murder you. If you are faced with a suspect that either has a Taser or who takes your Taser away, you should consider that you are in extreme danger, especially if you are alone.

You have several options. The first is to put something between yourself and the suspect with the Taser. Step outside the door, get away from them to gain distance. The largest disadvantage of the Taser is the short range.

If the suspect has their own Taser, you need to shoot them with your Taser immediately if they are the least threat to you. If they take your Taser away, you may need to consider using deadly force against them to prevent them from getting your gun. If you are really good with your baton, you may be able to knock it out of the suspects hands but I don't know if I would want to rely on that technique. If you are with another officer the need to go directly to deadly force would be greatly reduced but you need to gain control of that suspect immediately; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Good point. That goes for pepper spray as well. If you get pepper sprayed, you may not be able to defend your firearm.

Bunkermeister said...

If an officer gets pepper sprayed, they can clamp down on the handgun if it is in the holster and hold it, if the suspect tries to get it. Not as effective as a more active defense, but better then falling over with a Taser.