Stun gun zaps S.C. sheriff for charity

Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 7:20 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 12:47 AM
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COLUMBIA — Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott took a two-second jolt from a stun gun Monday, but it was for a good cause.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott gets shocked by a stun gun in Columbia. The South Carolina sheriff volunteered after $2,000 was donated to his charity.   JEFFREY COLLINS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JEFFREY COLLINS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott gets shocked by a stun gun in Columbia. The South Carolina sheriff volunteered after $2,000 was donated to his charity.


Lott auctioned off the opportunity to shock him to raise money for the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation. For each $1,000 donated, Lott agreed to be zapped for a second.

The first $1,000 was given by stun gun maker Karbon Arms, and another $1,000 was given by Bill Dukes, the owner of the Blue Marlin restaurant in Columbia.

Dukes gave the money because he thinks Lott’s charity does good work. It is currently helping a deputy with cancer pay his bills. The foundation also has helped a deputy who lost his family in a house fire and buys equipment for the sheriff’s office.

“I love what he does. I love what he is willing to do. And if I ever need any help, he is right there to give me a hand,” said Dukes, who helps out with the Honor Flight program that pays for flights for World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., so they can see the monuments.

Lott has been shocked before. He requires his deputies to be zapped before they can be issued a stun gun. The only concession made for the sheriff was the probes were placed on his skin instead of being shot into him with fishhooks, like a deputy would with an unruly suspect.

Before he was jolted, Lott joked with the crowd.

“I don’t have my Depends on. Whatever happens is going to happen,” he said.

After a short countdown, Karbon Arms CEO Bob Gruder pulled the trigger and the electricity briefly made Lott stiffen. He said afterward he would have fallen to the ground if two deputies hadn’t been holding him up.

Lott recovered quickly and helped run the silent auction and raffle that go along with the golf tournament. It is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation.

With Lott safe from his shock, Gruder could also joke about his role in the day.

“I feel like Eric Clapton,” Gruder said. “I’ve never shot the sheriff before.”

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 08:07 am
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Seems to me there could be a

Seems to me there could be a healthier and safer way to award the winner than to purposely put someone's body through this kind of assault.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 09/24/12 - 08:54 am
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While Tasers are safe...

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I would tend to agree, ICL. Guess they don't use the Dunking Tank, like they used to. Just don't mix the taser with the dunking tank, and you'll be fine.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/24/12 - 09:05 am
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There is something sick about

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There is something sick about this.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 09/24/12 - 09:18 am
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Guess they don't have a lot

Guess they don't have a lot of faith in their donors. What would he say if they raised 100K? And are those whom he prosecuted that may still hold a grudge going to be allowed if they're the high bidder?

jackrussell
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jackrussell 09/24/12 - 09:42 am
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Cops who carry tasers get

Cops who carry tasers get tased before getting them. It's a few seconds of pain that isn't going to permanently damage or kill him. It's not a big deal. I think it's a great idea. I thought I'd have many of the same sentiments here. I'm sure those in law enforcement don't see this as a bad thing at all.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 09/24/12 - 04:28 pm
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Tazers

If you have been through the training or carry one on duty, you have taken the full 5 second ride already at least once. Pain for a minute then you are ok and no one had died because of a taser. The few that have died (no police and they have been tazed the most) are because of all of the other drugs, etc. in their system and a fight with and officer or use of a baton could have just as easily caused the same thing. This is an involved Sheriff who is helping police charities raise money - good for him.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/24/12 - 05:26 pm
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Thanks for 'splaining' all

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Thanks for 'splaining' all that to me, jack and rational. I stand by my 905.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/24/12 - 08:37 pm
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I think it's great that

I think it's great that Sheriff Leon Lott thought enough of his men..his deputies...who are in obvious need, to go through alittle pain and embarassment to provide much needed monetary relief for them. It's called sacrifice and dedication, and I would hope that our own sheriff would do the same for his men in need. Sacrifice and dedication is also what you see in those who have their heads shaven in honor of a friend or coworker who has to battle cancer, will undergo chemotherapy, and loses their own hair. Look, I'm not really railing against you guys who are putting slightly negative comments on here about this, it's just not your "thing"...I'm just glad this man didn't have the same hesitations that y'all do.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 10:06 pm
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Although I believe Sheriff

Although I believe Sheriff Lott's is a wonderful, caring man and goes above and beyond for his men, it just seems to me that whenever something delivers an electrical current that interferes with the body's neuromuscular system, whether it only hurts for a moment or not, doesn't seem like it would be good for the body. I'm glad he was able to raise a good sum of money but personally I would have to make sure my donation was on the lower end because I couldn't purposely cause someone harm..even for charity.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/24/12 - 10:31 pm
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Exactly ICL. Who in their

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Exactly ICL. Who in their right mind would be attracted to donate to shoot the sheriff? And what sort of minds would think that this was a reasonable fund raising gimmick. I suppose the same sort of people that tote their guns to a family reunion and shoot them off just for fun after they and the guns are loaded. Can't wait to retire from this place and move back to a civilized environment.

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Techfan 09/25/12 - 03:23 am
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A bullet can only hurt a few

A bullet can only hurt a few seconds too. Don't they require them to be shot and have the crap beaten out of them with a billy club too? Oh yeah, and kicked a bunch with steel toes boots while you're down. Aim for the head, of course.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/25/12 - 06:09 am
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Why is it that people can't

Why is it that people can't just state their opinions without following up with degrading comments that realistically have nothing to do with the article. Palmetto, whom exactly are these who tote guns to family reunions and shoot them off once they and the gun are loaded. And Techfan, your first sentence would have sufficed but then you go way overboard with the comment about using a billy club and steel toed boots. Exaggerating doesn't prove your point any more than if you had just left it to the first sentence.

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CobaltGeorge 09/25/12 - 06:19 am
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ICL

Just overlook it, it is SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)

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Tullie 09/25/12 - 06:27 am
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Seriously?

You all can't see the difference between a gun, billy club, and a stun gun?

The reason they have to experience it is because it is not fatal..it stuns. They want them to see what they would be dishing out so to speak..so they just aren't going around stunning folks willy nilly.

The sheriff in question took a 2-second jolt..for charity. A good cause, and people find fault with that..go figure.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/25/12 - 06:52 am
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Thanks CG. I understand it's

Thanks CG. I understand it's SOP for some, but day after day, it becomes quit annoying.

Tullie, I understand the why. My questioning wasn't to find fault, but whether there could have been a better "prize" to help raise the funds, maybe something "a little less physical".

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/25/12 - 07:21 am
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ICL

do you realize that some of our "Special Troops" actually get water boarded in there training....I think that is a little more painful but has a purpose.

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Gage Creed 09/25/12 - 07:20 pm
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I sure wish we could

I sure wish we could facilitate your early retirement.....

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