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Monday, October 04, 2010

NYPD probes possible stun gun malfunction

October 4, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police are looking into why a stun gun apparently failed before a knife-wielding man was shot to death by officers.

The NYPD says Emmanuel Paulino was shot several times after he refused to drop a 6-inch knife and lunged at officers.

A police sergeant had first fired a Taser stun gun. Police say the suspect pulled 1 of the prongs out of his body.

Paulino was hit several times. Police say officers fired a total of 9 shots after the suspect backed them into a parked car.

Last year, the department's Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Timothy Smith, was stabbed in the eye by a suspect who was unaffected by a stun gun.

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