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  • Burglary suspect shot by police with beanbag shotgun in Pacoima dies in hospital

    May 20, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    A burglary suspect believed to be under the influence of narcotics died six days after Los Angeles police used a beanbag shotgun to subdue him in Pacoima, police said Friday.

    Victor Preciado, 32, of Van Nuys died Tuesday in a hospital, where he lapsed into a coma shortly after being detained, police said.

    He was arrested May 11 after police discovered him apparently under the influence and holding what looked like a knife, later determined to be a pair of garden shears.

    Officers said they went to the 10600 block of Tamarack Avenue on a report that a man had burglarized an automotive shop in the area and saw Preciado trying to open the front door of a residence.
    The officers ordered him in both English and Spanish to drop his weapon, but he declined. The officers then used a less-lethal beanbag shotgun to subdue him.

    The officers, according to an LAPD statement, struck him several times, eventually causing him to drop his weapon.

    -- LA Times
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    I guess that's why they call it "less-lethal" and not "non-lethal".

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    • #3
      I'm sure it will come to light that his death was not caused by the bean bag rounds but by excited delirium

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      • #4
        40mm less lethal launcher- seen and used it personally-more effective to me than the bean bag round. BUT you have to work with what you have and are trained with. "Freak occurences" have led to deaths by the bean bag rounds, not often, but they have; its an the ugly side of the UoF issue....
        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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        • #5
          I would think that in most instances when the suspect is in range, a TASER is preferable. Of course, if may have been tried first, ot a TASER may not have been available; we don't know.
          Last edited by DAL; 05-23-2011, 02:33 PM.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            he was armed with a very large set of hedge clippers.....which puts him out of range for a taser unless you are crazy.....and no the bean bag rds aren't what killed him....at least thats the story that is circulating....
            Last edited by bigcitypolice06; 05-23-2011, 04:25 PM.
            "For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer." Romans 13:4

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bigcitypolice06 View Post
              he was armed with a very large set of hedge clippers.....which puts him out of range for a taser unless you are crazy.....and no the bean bag rds aren't what killed him....at least thats the story that is circulating....
              The autopsy will tell. If the beanbag rounds led to his death, that is too bad for him. Obviously, he had plenty of chances.
              Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
              Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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