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Ohio County Suspends Use of Tasers Following Suspect Death

Feb 17, 2005 | AP Ohio Police in one Ohio county have stopped using stun guns after the death of a suspect who'd been shocked nine times.
Lucas County Sheriff James Telb says the department won't use Tasers again until more safety studies are conducted.

A 41-year-old man died last month after he was shocked five times by police and four times by guards at the jail. His cause of death hasn't been released yet.

Telb says no policy violations were committed in the man's death and no charges will be filed.

Taser International Incorporated, which makes the stun guns, has said they're among the safest ways to subdue a violent person. However, last week, a Chicago man died after a stun gun was used on him and a teen-ager was seriously injured in a separate incident.

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