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Police kill man with stun gun on Christmas at Mexican border

Police say the 40-year-old man attacked a border inspector after being escorted to a separate area for questioning. After being shot by a stun gun by San Diego police the man died on Christmas day from his injuries.

The Guardian reports:

Police said Thursday that the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being escorted to a separate area for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. A records check revealed he was wanted on a felony charge.

Police say the man attacked as authorities tried to take him into custody Wednesday night. He was attempting to enter the US on foot.

Four Customs and Border Protection officers suffered moderate injuries and were hospitalized.

Authorities attempted to resuscitate the man, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police said he wouldn’t be identified until family was notified.

The use of tasers and stun guns for police defense has been widely debated and criticized by the media and general public.

Are stun guns and tasers safe?

According to TheRegister.co.uk

The chance of dying after being shot by a taser or stun gun is about one in 870. Dr William P Bozeman, professor of emergency medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, estimates this in the September 2005 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Nevertheless, medical studies suggest that more not fewer deaths could result from the introduction of tasers and stun guns for police work. Some doctors worry that more deaths could occur since police may be more likely to use tasers and stun guns on a suspect thinking they are safer than handguns.