Tuesday, November 25, 2008


My new trainee and I pulled into the restaurant parking lot and were just about to start dinner when a domestic violence hot call was broadcast. Our Sergeant was en route to the call so we answered up for backup with another training unit.

We arrived to find our Sergeant waiting outside the front door of an apartment. A grandmother with 3 grandchildren were outside telling us her daughter and son-in-law were in the bedroom fighting. She heard things breaking in the bedroom and thought the fight was physical.

The other training unit arrived and the 5 of us entered the apartment. The living room and kitchen were empty and we heard noised coming from the bedroom. We approached it down a short hallway when a woman came out and closed the door behind her. "We're fighting." she stated calmly and walked past us. "And, he has a knife", she added.

Four of us drew our handguns while Sarge stood back to direct us. The two trainees and I approached the closed bedroom door with guns up. They threw the door open and stepped back. A man in his 20's was standing in the middle of the room with a three-foot Conan the Barbarian sword raised above his head. He wielded the sword with both hands holding it over his right shoulder. He was shaking the sword slightly like a baseball player in the batter's box anxiously awaiting the pitcher's throw. I shouted, "DROP THE SWORD!"
"DROP THE SWORD NOW!" I commanded again.

I advised the other two officers to keep their guns ready and I transitioned to my Taser. I engaged the power switch and aimed the red laser dot in the center of his chest. I commanded one more time, "DROP THE WEAPON!"

His third refusal was also his last. I announced Taser deployment and pulled the trigger. I heard a small popping noise as the Taser cartridge was activated and two metal darts were launched forward. One probe penetrated his left nipple and the other punctured his upper left thigh. The sword instantly dropped to the ground. As 50,000 volts of electricity repeatedly cycled through his body, his body became rigid. With fists clenched and arms at his sides, his paralyzed body fell backwards like a Douglas Fir in December. If a lumberjack was present, I would not have been surprised to hear, "Tiiiiimber!".

With the suspect immobilized on the ground, the training officers holstered their guns and placed him in handcuffs. He was totally compliant and apologetic. He went from mighty dragonslayer to frightened schoolboy in 5 seconds. He looked up at me and whimpered, "Oh my God........That hurt soooo bad."

He then told us he had been drinking and was upset because his wife "wouldn't leave him alone." him. He grabbed the sword and started slicing through household items. When we arrived, he was hoping we would shoot and kill him in front of his wife as "payback" for her nagging. This genius believed his violent death would teach his wife a lesson.

(Taser vs. Sword)
I've heard and read many things about the safety of Tasers. I know they have been blamed for deaths. Without them, our only option would have been the lethal force of our handguns. I don't know for sure if Tasers actually cause deaths but I'm certain they have saved countless lives where police would have been forced to use guns instead.


At November 26, 2008 9:46 AM, Blogger Tenderfoot said...

IF he's a WOW online gamer ask him if his immunity level is high enough to resist a taser. Good job!

At November 26, 2008 10:53 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

He failed his saving throw vs lightening.

Damn not only was that righteous, but it was funny.
They gripe here in Houston about taser use, but honestly, getting shot is so much worse. I would rather get tasered than shot any day.


At November 28, 2008 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use my taser all the time, but probably would have put this guy down.

At November 29, 2008 6:13 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Ditto for me. Would rather get shocked than shot anyday.

From a dispatcher in one of your "jurisdictional boundary" cities....I love reading this. Keep it up!

At December 02, 2008 2:26 AM, Anonymous pete said...

We had a man kill a woman with a sword a couple years ago. Stabbed her all the way through her body multiple times. Had an open 911 line while it happend.

So glad you could intervene in your situation. Tasers are an amazing tool. Keep safe.

At December 09, 2008 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That taser saved his life since he openly admitted to going for 'Suicide by Cop' and probably saved yourself and everyone involved from a lifetime of nightmares.

Works pretty damm well if you ask me.

Definetly an effective law enforcement tool that saves lives.

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At December 15, 2008 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job!! so glad everything worked out perfectly..

At December 19, 2008 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job! Tis the season for family unity, dontcha know.

At December 30, 2008 9:14 AM, Blogger OldCop said...

Right on Bro, Everyone in my neck of the woods is so frightened of the Taser that I haven't gotten to deploy it yet. All they've got to do is "see" it and they comply.

At January 01, 2009 2:06 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

He wanted to teach his wife a lesson...

I think Tasers are wonderful. They may result in the occasional death (usually due to unknown heart problems), but I think they save so many more.

At January 15, 2009 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another option: A friend of mine pulled a similar stunt when his house was raided for marijuana.

When the officers stormed the basement of his grandmother's house where his bedroom was he grabbed his broadsword and held the point to his own throat.

All the officers did was to talk among themselves until the sword grew too heavy for him to hold anymore and it dropped harmlessly to the bed he was standing on and they took him down.

I still laugh at him every time I see him...

Stupid is, as stupid does...


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At November 07, 2014 2:33 PM, Anonymous memurlar said...

IF he's a WOW online gamer ask him if his immunity level is high enough to resist a taser. Good job! yes officer

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