Bergen County SWAT Team Uses New Stun Guns to Convince Disturbed Fairview Man to Surrender
By Travis Tormey posted in Weapons Offenses on Saturday, August 31, 2013
A few weeks ago, the Bergen County Police SWAT team used its new stun guns for the first time.
When an emotionally disturbed Fairview man barricaded himself in his bedroom with a knife, police officers responded to the scene.
Officers first tried talking to the 27-year-old man. According to County Police Chief Brian Higgins, the disturbed man initially told officers that they would have to kill him.
Eventually, officers picked the bedroom door lock and entered the room. When the man appeared to be going for his knife, officers threatened to stun him with a Taser. The man saw two (2) red laser dots on his chest and decided to give up.
In late July, Bergen County Police unveiled the department’s 20 newly purchased Taser X2 devices. It is the first department in the county to receive authorization to use the devices.
The new stun guns give Bergen County police officers a non-lethal option when confronted with dangerous situations.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Stun Gun Convinces ‘Disturbed’ Fairview Man to Surrender to Police.“