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Detroit Chief Says TASERs Needed for Officer Safety

December 09, 2014  | 

Photo: TASER
Photo: TASER

An attack Saturday that sent a rookie police officer to the hospital after a woman wounded him with a sharp object highlights the need for TASERs, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said, reports the Detroit News.

Two officers from the 12th Precinct, a recent Police Academy graduate and his field training officer, responded at about 10 a.m. Saturday to a call about a suspicious woman in a house in the 19300 block of Santa Rosa on the city's northwest side.

"The woman let them inside, and as they investigated who she was, she began to spit at one of the officers," Craig said. "She then lunged at the senior officer, the new officer placed himself in her path to protect his partner. The woman quickly deployed a razor she had in her hand, and cut him across his face several times."

The officer was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where he was listed in temporary serious condition.

Craig said the woman was taken to the Detroit Detention Center on Mound, a facility manned by Michigan Department of Corrections officers, who are equipped with TASERs. "When she saw the red light (of the device), she quickly calmed down," Craig said.

Craig said he's spoken with Mayor Michael Duggan about the need for TASERs.

Comments (4)

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HRPufnstuf @ 12/9/2014 5:30 PM

She "cut him across the face several times" and she didn't get shot? They don't have guns either, maybe?

TheRookie @ 12/9/2014 10:00 PM

What happened to and now in Detroit is what's going on in most major cities. Money is running out due to liberal mismanagement. So who will they eventually have to call upon when it gets ugly? The Knights in Shining Armor. The Police of course. Chief Craig has worked miracles with what little he has, so get him some damn Tasers. Hopefully Taser Industries donates them, 7 writes them off on their taxes.

Robert Hillsman @ 12/9/2014 11:41 PM

Training Officer? DIDN"T shoot the suspect??? A mere inch or two and she could have easily hit the Officers Carotid Artery causing exsanguination in minutes? Disturbing trend where Officers run from a man who assaulted a victim with a clever and the two Officers were hesitant to shoot due to the recent national events. An now this? LEO's have a responsibility to their families themselves and their partners to arrive home alive after each shift. She's got mental issues and now will once again get kicked loose, although she probably can't make ANY amount of bail. PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELVES AND EACH OTHER!! Former LEO turned trauma doc.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/10/2014 1:49 AM

As most Officers that have had edged weapon training know a person armed with an edged weapon has the advantage since they can strike faster than and Officer can pull their gun. Edged weapons and knives are far more dangerous than firearms in close quarter combat. I was not there, but I suspect the Officers were already in the process of taking control of the suspect while they were taking hits from her razor blade. Better options for less than lethal force are badly needed everywhere. In reality, if this woman is a "mental" she will never be charged with a crime or convicted by a court.

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