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Sep 28, 2016 12:45 PM

Brookline police invest in multiple Tasers to battle 'suicide by cop' situations

BROOKLINE — The Brookline Police Department has invested in multiple tasers following an incident where a taser proved helpful.

The department wanted to include a new, less lethal tool in its routine, but due to time and budgets they were not able to, Brookeline Police Chief William Quigley told the Telegraph. However, after an incident that occurred on Sept. 12, the department invested in eight TaserX26P for officers.

Earlier this month, police responded to a call for a suicidal man, Victor Webster, 40, who was armed with a knife on Pepperell Road. Police called for back up from the Hollis Police Department for a cruiser that had a Taser, Quigley said. The police were able to use the Taser to subdue Webster as he approached Quigley with a knife.

The taser helped prevent "suicide by cop." Family members told Quigley that Webster was hoping police would shoot him, but the taser allowed for no shots to be fired.


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