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3-Year-Old Shot with Taser by SDPD Officer

The child was accidentally shot while the officer was aiming for a running parole violator Friday afternoon, according to the SDPD.

A 3-year-old girl suffered a minor puncture wound Friday when she was struck by a barb from an electric stun gun fired by a patrolman running down a fleeing parole violator in the area near the Southland Plaza Shopping Center.

Officers were chasing the man through the shopping center in the 600 block of Saturn Boulevard when one of them discharged the non-lethal compliance device in an attempt to stop him shortly after 3 p.m., according to San Diego police.

One of two barbs attached to electrified wires on the weapon hit the suspect, and the other struck the nearby child, who was with her parents, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said. The girl did not receive an electric shock, the lieutenant said.

The parolee-at-large continued trying to escape but was taken into custody moments later. His name was not immediately available.

Medics treated the child at the scene. Her parents displayed an "understanding" attitude about the mishap while interacting with police, Brown said.

– City News Service

Amy T October 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
They weren't anywhere near the doors of Walmart. This happened directly outside of Wells Fargo. The police took down the guy in front of Home Depot. I was there.
ibbarbara October 28, 2012 at 07:53 AM
The parents "displayed an understanding attitude". I find that hard to believe. I know I would be furious!!
JustAWife October 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM
ibbarbara~ it was an accident, and the little girl didn't get any shock. it did probably hurt a little, but it wasn't done on purpose, the cop wasn't targeting her, he wasn't aiming at her, he was trying to catch a bad guy. Maybe the parents understood that it wasn't an intentional thing, and that no harm done is an ok ending to a crappy situation. Maybe they were <gasp> rational people!!!
Mooooooogey October 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Because yes, being a mature adult, and knowing that accidents *do* happen (and aren't always an evil attempt by Law Enforcement to usurp their area of authority) is quite unheard of these days. Wait, we're in the USA... strike all of that. Law suits for EVERYONE!
Paul Dykes November 05, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Hey Mooooooogey, it is the duty of the citizenry at large to pay very close attention to law enforcement at every level. The local keepers of the peace have been known to brutally rape and assault civil liberties wholesale. The officers, being human, are destined to abuse the power invested in them by We The People, and oftentimes sneer at the idea of transparency in governing. I myself have been the victim of the Imperial Beach Substation's officers out of control, pious, cavalier assasination of my rights. It went so far at one point that I had to retain counsel in order to force them to stop dismantling the 4th Amendment on a daily basis. I have had an officer (who has since been reassigned) tell me in front of a dozen witnesses that I was going to prison even if he had to plant drugs on me. That is what philosophers call a Slippery Slope, and there is a real danger that what seem like petty isolated incidents, soon snowball out of control. Next thing you know, Hugo Chavez is trying to run for office and bring his own cops. I've went a little overboard, but I'm a supporter and protector of our precious civil rights. Besides, you don't discharge ANY weapon, lethal or not, in the presence of innocent children. What if he'd fired his service weapon? Ever seen a police shooting where only one shot was fired? No there likely would've been a hail of lead, blindly hurtling through the parking lot of Home Depot or Wells Fargo, both routinely filled with non parole violators.

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