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Taser incident examined

Unaware that it was a role-playing training exercise, a police officer stuns his colleague, who suffers minor injuries.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published April 28, 2006


Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players saw more than they planned on Wednesday night while riding along with St. Petersburg police officers: one officer accidentally shooting a colleague with a Taser.

A St. Petersburg Police Department officer was pretending to threaten his colleague with a golf club during a training exercise around 10 p.m. Wednesday. But other police officers monitoring the radio channel thought they were listening to a real crime.

One of the officers not involved in the simulation fired his Taser at the officer pretending to be a criminal, police said. That officer fell to the ground and received a mild abrasion.

The police did not release the names of the Buccaneers players or the officers involved in the incident.

[Last modified April 28, 2006, 14:27:01]


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