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