12/17/2009

Opinions vary on stun gun use at hospitals

More than 53 percent of hospital security officers do not carry lethal or less-lethal weapons

By Jacqueline Koch
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Opinions about TASER use in hospitals are mixed, but most law enforcement and mental health advocates agree that maintaining safety is essential during volatile situations.

Two men were shocked with TASERs in local hospitals during the past month. Edward Buckner, 53, died Nov. 27, shortly after he was shocked in Erlanger hospital. An autopsy revealed he died of natural causes, specifically blood clots.

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