Finding Less-Lethal Options While Making Split-Second Decisions

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When law enforcement draw their weapons in a situation, you typically think those guns are filled with bullets.

However that’s not always the case. Sometimes, less-lethal guns can be an option. In Pennington County, deputies are learning how to gain control of a situation where a person isn’t cooperating, by using a gun that shoots beanbag rounds.

When hit, the suspect feels like they’ve been punched.

“The bottom line goal of everything that we do in the training environment here is try to provide deputies with as many options as possible that don’t involve lethal force, so that when they arrive on a scene they know and are confident in the tools that we give them,” Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Training Manager Tony Verchio said.

On tonight’s Eye On KELOLAND at 10, hear from officers on how this unique training works and how it can even save lives.

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