PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Police Chief is reacting to an incident late last week in which a young girl threatening suicide with a knife was tased by a police officer. Police were called to the report on Friday night just before nine o’clock that a juvenile had a knife and was threatening to hurt herself-and they were told she had already stabbed herself in the leg. Police Chief Bob Grandpre says the call was made by the juvenile’s caretaker. He says when officers arrived, they encountered the girl-who is 8-years-old.
Grandpre says the girl was tased after that. He says besides the girl and an adult, there were three law enforcement officers at the location of the incident. Grandpre says the officers followed proper police department policy for tasing cases.
Grandpre says the department has not used a taser on anyone this young before.
When it comes to the job status of the officer involved in the tasing, Grandpre says since it was a non-lethal incident, the officer is continuing with normal patrol work and the case continues to be reviewed.
Grandpre says police have talked to the girl’s parents about the incident.
Grandpre says officers always hope they won’t have to deal with an incident of this type, but says they can’t choose the situations they get called to. He says the police department is contacted when volatile issues like this occur and the officer had to make a quick decision based on what was happening and what was best for everyone-particularly the juvenile. He says the patrol officer had to decide on the safest method to disarm the juvenile so they could get the weapon away from her.
The juvenile was not transported to the hospital and reportedly had not sustained any knife wounds in the incident.
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