02/03/2004

Ohio department adding paintball launchers to arsenal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON, Ohio - City police are adding a colorful weapon to their arsenal of less-lethal weapons: paint-pellet launchers. Sgt. Ed Buns, department training supervisor, said he believes the Hamilton department is the first Greater Cincinnati police agency to try the paint pellets. Some are also packed with pepper irritant as an option for controlling unruly suspects.

Springdale police have ordered the paint-pellet guns, Buns said, and other departments are considering it. Cincinnati police use a pepper-ball gun that lacks the paint.
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