Beanbag gun used to subdue Md. man

Less-lethal weapon a new strategy after Anne Arundel police shootings
The Baltimore Sun
Copyright 2006 The Baltimore Sun Company

After a spate of officer-related shootings involving Anne Arundel County police, a county patrol officer used a less-lethal beanbag shotgun this week to disarm a suspect they described as violent and suicidal.

It marks the first time a county patrol officer has used the recently issued weapon to address a threat. The beanbag shotgun discharges a sack of pellets, the impact of which is meant to disable a subject without causing severe injury.

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