December 3, 2009
PUEBLO, Colo., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Colorado shocked an out-of-control 10-year-old boy with a Taser, but the captain said they were justified in using the device.
The foster child had threatened his foster parent, Daniel Biby of Pueblo West, with a 2-foot-long pipe after destroying property and throwing a stick and landscape timber at him, the Pueblo Chieftain reported Thursday.
"(The officers) followed all policies and procedures. This was appropriate use of the Taser device," said Capt. Jeff Teschner of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Randy Mondragon said that when he and Deputy Mark Myers arrived, the child ran from them holding the pipe. The boy ran to a neighbor's yard, where he cornered himself and defied commands to drop the pipe.
The officers deployed the Taser and the boy dropped the pipe. They arrested him, the newspaper said.
"They couldn't get close enough to deploy pepper spray without putting themselves in danger, Teschner said.
"This lad, we have a long history of (him) running away. I don't know what his entire psychological profile is, but obviously he has emotional distress," Teschner said.
The boy was booked on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon at the Pueblo Youth Center.