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Tasers stop Richmond County suicide attempt

Friday, April 5, 2013 8:20 PM
Last updated Sunday, April 7, 2013 8:44 AM
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Richmond County deputies discharged a taser Thursday evening and thwarted a suicide.

Deputies were issued tasers in late March after training with them for more than a month.

According to a news release, police were called to an apartment Thursday evening where a woman had threatened suicide and was armed with a gun.

Police said the woman ran into her bedroom, jumped on her bed and pointed a .22 caliber revolver to her face.

One deputy discharged his taser while two assisting deputies covered her with their duty weapons to ensure officer safety, police said. The strike by the taser resulted in the woman dropping the gun.

She was transported to Eisenhower Medical Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree said he was “very pleased with the outcome of the situation and the immediate action taken by his deputies.”

About one-third of all deputies have been equipped with the tasers. The sheriff’s office’s goal to to equip all certified deputies with tasers as soon as possible.

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xpresso1
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xpresso1 04/05/13 - 08:41 pm
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Great job and good

Great job and good justification as to why tasers are effective.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/05/13 - 09:47 pm
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Outstanding! Why these

Outstanding! Why these officers didn't have this tool sooner is water over the dam. They have it now, so that is what counts.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/05/13 - 10:44 pm
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Sad when people reach this point

Never kill yourself. Nothing is that bad. You never know what will be just around the corner for you no matter how low you have sunk. Call a friend or neighbor or the suicide prevention hotline.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/06/13 - 12:08 pm
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@Dixieman

Good advice!!!

Darby
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Darby 04/07/13 - 09:43 pm
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Someone once said that..

suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

I believe that most who have had the urge and lived to tell about it would agree.

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