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Video: Arizona Sheriff's Agency to Test Less-Lethal Pistol

November 27, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Arizona Sheriff's Agency to Test Less-Lethal Pistol

The Pinal County (AZ) Sheriff's Office is the first U.S. law enforcement agency to adopt the Defenzia M-09 less-lethal handgun, which fires rubber bullets and other types of rounds.

Sheriff Paul Babeu says the Defenzia could be used in a variety of situations that don't require lethal response.

The gun is accurate at up to 70 feet and uses a laser sight. It won't kill a suspect, but the company that makes it says it will leave a heck of a mark, Fox 10 TV reports.

"Not only pain compliance, but stopping power, it would be like a baseball bat impact," said Leo Gitirana with Defenzia.


Comments (5)

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kevCopAz @ 11/30/2015 5:23 PM

I understand the concept and what is trying to be done. But my question is how will this effect an officer if during a lethal attack by a suspect uses deadly force and was armed with this weapon but did not use it? Will that officer face "excessive force charges since this weapon "might" have stopped the suspect before the suspect fired (thier lethal weapon) on that officer? This will add another "step" that if not used will cause the officer and the department additional grief. The flip side is will an officer for fear of prosecution and arm chair quarterbacking, use this weapon and then be shot by the lethal weapon of the suspect? If there are rules that this weapon can be used only when the defendant does not have a firearm, say a knife or a bat, then this may work well. This should replace the use of a baton, taser etc not a firearm. I can also see an officer using this weapon on a subject causing death, what then? Will there be civil/criminal ramifications?

joe @ 11/30/2015 6:01 PM

I agree with every thing you stated. what about using this on fleeing suspects? could possibly stop a lot of injuries caused by foot pursuits. Since this weapon can shoot 70' and feel like a baseball bat how close is to close to use it? what if you shoot for his back but terrain changes now you hit him in the head and it kills him what then?

John retired IA PD @ 11/30/2015 8:12 PM

I have a couple of additional questions. Has anyone seen a departmental policy on the use of this less-lethal weapon? Do you go into a potentially dangerous situation with your hand gun, shotgun, or your rubber bullet weapon out and ready for use? Officers already must carry a lot of gear. Will the rubber bullet gun be in addition to the Taser, and baton or will one of these be eliminated? It fires rubber bullets and other types of rounds. How many rounds will it fire and what are the other types of rounds? Will civilians have access to this weapon and would they need a permit to carry it?

Saul Berkowitz @ 12/1/2015 6:17 AM

Have no fear about this weapon. It will be the required side arm in the future or you will be using 22 revolvers carrying .22 shorts in fear you might kill someone.

PSC J V @ 12/1/2015 10:58 AM

Info available on Wikipedia - search "Osa (handgun)" - raises some concerns. Link # 4 at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry offers a document in Russian (but with clear GRAPHIC pictures) showing that a round from this device that struck a suspect in the temple penetrated halfway into the brain, causing a vegetative state. Document also displays open wounds from skin contact.

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