A Missouri police chief has filed suit against Taser International and two police equipment supply companies, saying he was severely injured when shocked with a Taser weapon during training, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The suit by Jacob “Pete” Herring joins more than 30 others from around the country that claim Tasers caused or contributed to injuries or deaths. More than 7,000 law enforcement agencies worldwide use the devices as a nonlethal alternative to firearms, according to company numbers.
The suit by Herring, chief of police in Hallsville, Mo., says he suffered at least two strokes, loss and impairment of his vision and hearing, neurological damage, a head injury and “significant cardiac damage” after being shocked by a Taser M26 during a class on April 20, 2004. He seeks unspecified financial damages. “We are aware of this (lawsuit) filing and intend to aggressively fight any such claim,” Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle wrote in an e-mail responding to a reporter’s questions.