April 6, 2006 in City

Only two officers used Tasers on Zehm

From Staff Reports The Spokesman-Review
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The Spokane Police Department for the first time Wednesday said that only two of seven responding police officers used their Tasers against 36-year-old Otto Zehm during a March 18 scuffle.

Police spokesman Cpl. Tom Lee provided the new details out of concern that an April 4 article in The Spokesman-Review gave the impression that all of the officers had been involved in the use of force to subdue Zehm, an unarmed mentally-ill janitor who died two days later.

Officers Karl Thompson and Steve Braun Jr., the first two on the scene, both used their Tasers, and Thompson also used a police baton in their efforts to restrain Zehm, Lee said.

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