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Police Use Stun Gun On Pa. Man Battling House FireNORTH BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) ― Police had to use a stun gun on a Pittsburgh-area man whose house was on fire because they say the man was endangering himself trying to battle the blaze with a garden hose.
Originally posted by Soshh
It's better than allowing them to burn to death just because they are too emotional to think clearly.
Originally posted by SaturnFX...once the institution no longer allows home owners to decide what is best for themselves and their property...then we truely are creating a nanny state.
North Belle Vernon family of four flees fire, but snakes die
Damon Baker said he was using a garden hose to try to douse the flames before firefighters arrived. He acknowledged the water wasn't much help, but said he refused to obey a North Belle Vernon police officer's order to stop.
The officer, Damon Baker said, pulled him away from the house. Damon Baker said the officer used a stun device on him when he went back toward the house.
"It shocked the hell out of me," he said. "I took a few steps back."
Damon Baker said he wasn't injured, and he holds no ill will toward the officer.
"It was a judgment call," Damon Baker said. "In his opinion, he was right to do it. In my opinion, he was wrong for stopping me from protecting my property."
When firefighters arrived, they immediately tried to save the snakes, Damon Baker said.
"A couple of the brave ones carried them out for us," Damon Baker said, describing the snakes as non-venomous. "I can't give those guys a big enough pat on the back."
Originally posted by Three_moons
You think no one should have done anything to prevent the guy, who was emotionally concerned about his snakes, from injuring himself? The snakes that were saved aren't even expected to survive due to the smoke. I'm guessing the guy wasn't thinking right as he seemed more concerned about the snakes instead of remaining alive and well for his two children and wife that's pregnant with triplets.
Everyone who disagrees is right. The police should have left him alone and left the scene, the firefighters should have been called away and the guy should have been left on his own to put out the fire at his house, and his neighbors, with his garden hose.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, one homeowner was trying to fight the flames with a garden hose. Police say they tried three times to remove Damon Baker from the scene, but he wouldn't budge, so officers had to subdue him.