Less-Lethal Force

Accidental Use of Live Rounds

An officer was dispatched for a subject behaving erratically near a school, possibly armed with a knife. The responding officer was less-lethal trained (a 12 gauge shotgun, painted a different color, but capable of firing 12 gauge rounds). Upon arrival of the officer, the subject fled, and the officer tried to use his less-lethal shotgun on the subject.


Less Lethal Shotguns Just in Time

Officers were dispatched to an unknown situation on a 9-1-1 call. Upon arrival they were confronted by a man with two butcher knives standing on the front porch of a residence. The suspect began to advance on the officers, two of whom had their handguns pointed at the suspect. The third officer deployed a less lethal shotgun, which the department had trained in and issued approximately 2 weeks prior to the incident.