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Dec 4, 2009 9:37 AM by Associated Press & David Ortiviz

Pueblo Deputies shock 'out of control' child with Taser

Pueblo County sheriff's deputies shocked an "out of control" 10-year-old child with a Taser and arrested him.

The Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor says deputies acted approriately under the circumstances. "He was clearly in danger to himself or others. He was clearly a danger to the officers who responded to the scene. So I think the officers acted reasonably and necessary based on the factual situation," said Sheriff Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Pueblo Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Teschner said Wednesday that the boy was not hurt when deputies took action Monday after arriving at his foster home, where he was reportedly destroying property.

The deputies say the youth threatened them with a pipe and a stick, and threw a piece of wood at them. The boy was arrested on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon.

"I don't expect my officers to get over the head with a pipe before they react, and I don't believe that the community should expect that either," said Sheriff Taylor.

Last month, a police officer in a small Arkansas town was fired after using a stun gun on an unruly 10-year-old girl, not for using the Taser but for violating department policy by failing to use the camera attached to it.

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