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July 29, 2007

'I said be careful his flashlight is really a Taser' — Dallas police officer accidentally tasered at home by girlfriend


Above, the Taser X26, used by police forces in 44 countries around the world in an effort to provide stopping power without causing permanent damage.

On Sunday evening, July 15, 2007, in Dallas, Texas, police officer Charles Jeffers was accidentally tased at home by a female friend who thought his Taser was a flashlight.

According to a police report on the incident, Jeffers told the woman to put the Taser down, but she was "startled and accidentally pulled the trigger."

Read the July 17, 2007 Associated Press story below.

    Woman Shoots Cop With Taser at His Home

    A police officer was shot with his own Taser by a woman visiting his home, authorities said. Officer Charles Jeffers told investigators he'd stopped to use the restroom at his home Sunday night while on his way to investigate a burglary. He let a woman he knew into the house, leading to her accidentally shooting the Taser, according to a police report.

    Jeffers, a four-year veteran of the Dallas department, was placed on restricted duty while police review the incident.

    "We don't know what happened," said Lt. Vernon Hale, a police spokesman. "We're trying to figure out what occurred out there."

    The woman said she picked up the Taser, believing it was a flashlight, while Jeffers was in the bathroom, according to the police report.

    When Jeffers told her to put the Taser down, she was "startled and accidentally pulled the trigger," the report said.

    A Taser prong hit Jeffers in the chin. Paramedics removed the prong and Jeffers was not seriously injured, police said.


Yeah, yeah, "I said be careful his bowtie is really a camera," we've heard that — perhaps it's time to update that lyric, what?

[via the July 26, 2007 Economist]

July 29, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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1. Lock up your gear when you are not using it.
2. Get a girlfriend with higher brain function.
3. Rethink career choice - a .40 round would have left a lasting impact on your life.

(OF COURSE this happened in Texas)

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 29, 2007 7:06:23 PM

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