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City police soon will carry ‘channel changers’

50,000-volt Tasers will offer another option


ABOVE: Full-time and auxiliary Bellefontaine Police officers take a test as part of their Taser training Thursday. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley, foreground, and Patrol Officer Chris Marlow deploy Tasers at a target during training Thursday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Before the end of the month, Bellefontaine police officers will be able to use 50,000 volts rather than brute strength to subdue combative suspects.

Officers received training in the past two weeks on how Taser International’s X2 gun can avoid physical confrontations from a distance, convince some to give up without a fight, deter a charging dog and, in some cases, save lives.

“Tasers are real ‘channel changers,’” said instructor Cliff Spinner as he showed videos of lawmen using Tasers.

One segment showed charging dogs — including a Rottweiler and pit bulls — laid flat by five-second bursts, only to get up and run off whimpering.

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