a battery-powered, handheld weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button, used, especially by police, to immobilize a person briefly and without injury.
any of various handheld weapons that shoot small pellet-filled bags, tranquilizer darts, darts attached to electric wires, or the like to immobilize a person or animal briefly and without injury.
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How to use stun gun in a sentence
Pressure mounting, the town announced on Sunday that it had fired Officer Joe Gutierrez, who was seen in the video screaming that Nazario was “fixin’ to ride the lightning,” a slang term that can refer to a stun gun or execution.Hurting in Windsor: How a viral police pepper-spray incident has illuminated racial tensions in a small Virginia town | Gregory S. Schneider | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Prosecutors have alleged that Erik Munchel of Nashville stashed weapons in a tactical bag outside the Capitol before bringing a stun gun inside.Armed ‘quick reaction force’ was waiting for order to storm Capitol, Justice Dept. says | Rachel Weiner, Spencer Hsu | April 14, 2021 | Washington Post
The driver of a vehicle pursued by police into the District from Virginia on Tuesday night died after he jumped off a highway overpass and was subdued by a federal officer who deployed a stun gun, according to law enforcement authorities.Man dies after police in Virginia pursue vehicle into District following reports of gunfire in Old Town | Peter Hermann, Rachel Weiner | April 7, 2021 | Washington Post
In photos of Barnett sitting in a chair in Pelosi’s office, a stun gun appeared to be clipped to his waist.Capitol riot suspect pictured at Pelosi’s desk screams ‘It’s not fair’ in courtroom tantrum | Meryl Kornfield | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
House managers zoomed in on a widely circulated photo of a man sitting in a chair in Pelosi’s office to reveal that he was wearing a stun gun on his belt.House impeachment managers emphasize the danger to Pence and other top officials in harrowing retelling of Jan. 6 attack | Amy Gardner, Karoun Demirjian, Felicia Sonmez, Paul Kane | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
They acquired the tools to accomplish the deed, including a stun gun and the chemical means to anesthetize their victims.The Cannibal Cop’s Social Network: Are More Plotting Attacks on Women? | David Freedlander | April 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A second officer attempted to “stun gun” him on the thigh but failed to make contact, the report says.
When the man attempted to bite an officer, the latter used the stun gun and was surprised when the man briefly ignited.Underage Victims, Grandmother Assault: 8 Most Outrageous Taser Moments | Sarah Hedgecock | August 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ramsey investigators said the marks could have been made by a jolt from a certain kind of stun gun.
The Garridos paralyzed her with a stun gun, forced her into their car, and sped off, hiding her under a blanket.5 Most Gripping Moments From Jaycee Dugard’s Interview | | July 11, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was impossible to align the sights of his stun gun with any of those flitting shadows, Raf discovered.
Once more the party was alert, ready for trouble, and taking his cue from them, he kept his stun gun in his hand.
For the first time Raf noticed that his human companion now held one of the knives of the merpeople, and he drew his stun gun.
Knock him out with a stun gun and then pump him full of comatol.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
His gun wavered, and Houston fired quickly with his stun gun.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for stun gun
a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
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