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