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El Centro juvenile suffered minor bruises after being shot with non-lethal beanbag

May 11, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 14-year-old El Centro boy who was subdued by police using a non-lethal weapon with beanbag-like projectiles Thursday suffered only bruising on a thigh and an arm, police reported today.

The youth, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was treated at El Centro Regional Medical Center and released.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria said he had no information whether the youth remained in custody. Police had requested the youth, who was wielding a meat cleaver in Carlos Aguilar Park on Thursday, be placed under a 72-hour protective hold.

The youth was struck by two beanbag-like projectiles that were deployed when he refused to drop the meat cleaver. Longoria said the teen was distraught over a family situation.

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Police repeatedly called on the youth to drop the cleaver, and when he would not the first non-lethal projectile was deployed.

The boy was struck, fell and dropped the cleaver. When police started to move in the boy reportedly started to reach for the cleaver and second round was deployed.

Thursday represented the first time the Police Department had used its new non-lethal weapon, and Longoria credited the device as saving the youth's life and bringing to an end a dangerous situation.

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