The controversial use of taser guns is in the new in Oregon, where an 87-year-old woman was tased after she threatened people with a gun. Now the debate has been re-opened about the user of taser guns, and whether there could have been alternative means of getting the gun away from the suspect. The woman was tased after reportedly threatening several people with a gun, and the police decided to respond by using the taser gun.
The suspect in this case, Phyllis Owens, reportedly was threatening a man that was working on a water line near her on Thursday afternoon. Deputies were called to the scene, and when they arrived at Leewood Lane in Boring, Oregon, she then threatened them with a gun as well according to KGW News. Under the threat of a suspect with a gun, the deputies used a taser gun to subdue her. Upon being tased, deputies stated that Owens fell unconscious and was unresponsive. After having CPR performed on her, she was then taken to the hospital by ambulance, where she later died.
The autopsy of Phyllis Owens has revealed that she was suffering from several medical conditions that had pre-existed, and which included heart disease. It was also discovered that she has been suffering from dementia and was recently released from the hospital. All of those medical conditions certainly could have played a part in her death on Thursday night, but this is one of those deaths that certainly could have been prevented. How could it have been prevented? All the suspect had to do was not threaten anyone with a gun in the first place.
If all the details in this case are being accurately presented, meaning that Phyllis Owens threatened multiple people with a gun and was tased, then it appears as though she brought this on herself. It is no less sad that someone died in this case, and the obviously preferred outcome would be that nobody lost their life, but when a weapon as deadly as a gun comes into play, things are bound to go wrong in a criminal situation such as this one. There are a lot of victims in this case unfortunately, including Owens, her family, and all of the police involved in the situation.
Many are quick to point fingers at the deputies that were involved in this case, and others are taking to comment boards across the net to talk to accuse the deputies of taking the wrong actions. Maybe they should stop to consider what it is like to have a gun pointed at you? This woman was presenting deadly force in the form of her gun, and was putting many people at risk. What if she had shot the man who was working on the water line first? Would they have a different response to what transpired after that? Yes, it’s sad that a woman died, but in a situation where the police were facing a deadly weapon, they should be applauded for attempting use a non-lethal response.
KGW News; Justin Burton; “Autopsy: Tased 87-year-old had heart disease”