Daviess Co. deputies to use ‘less lethal’ beanbag shotguns

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is set to begin using less lethal beanbag shotguns.

Sheriff Keith Cain tells the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (https://goo.gl/HiCtgI) the shotguns will be part of the department’s “continuum of force,” falling between stun guns and the handguns carried by deputies.

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Deputy Jared Ramsey says the department currently has two beanbag shotguns per shift, with a total of 10 deputies trained to use the shotguns.

Incidents when the beanbag shotgun might be used include when deputies are confronted with a person armed with a knife, during riots or when a person who is mentally disabled poses a threat to themselves or others.

Capt. Bill Thompson says “less lethal” doesn’t mean “non-lethal.” The department’s policy requires deputies to aim for the leg when shooting, if possible. Shots to the abdomen and chest have the potential to cause injuries.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

 

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