Posted by: Blue
Last night, our first call was at one of the hospitals in our district. A psych patient had barricaded himself at the end of the hallway and armed himself with a chair and a pillowcase with two billiard balls inside.
He was an ex-C.O. and had gotten into coke and meth, ruining his career, his marriage, his family and his brain.
We tried for about two minutes to convince him to drop the weapon before I pulled the trigger on the X2 and gave him a 5 second ride. He tensed and the other three officers moved-in. He was brought to the ground safely, disarmed and handcuffed. He was uninjured and the nurses were able to sedate him.
I much prefer the Taser to my other intermediate weapon options when it comes to certain scenarios like this. There are fewer chances of serious injury both to the subject and to the officers.