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Posted: 2/23/2006 8:08:33 AM EDT
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-ftaser23feb23,0,1882592,print.story?coll=sfla-news-florida


DAYTONA BEACH · Dennis Crouch had already slashed himself. And when he refused to drop his knife, Daytona Beach police Officer Betsy Cassidy decided she had no choice.

"Taser! Taser!" Cassidy shouted as she sent a two-pronged wire, packing 50,000 volts, at Crouch's chest. What happened next stunned everyone.

A Taser probe pierced the pocket of his khaki shirt -- and ignited the butane lighter inside. Cassidy's pocket exploded in flames.

"The subject," recounted Sgt. Al Tolley in a subsequent report, "immediately dropped the knife."

Officers grabbed Crouch, threw him to the ground and rolled him around till the flames went out, Tolley said. The Daytona Beach man, 53, was taken to Halifax Medical Center with minor burns and two self-inflicted stab wounds in his stomach and chest.

Speaking by cell phone from his hospital bed Tuesday, Crouch said he had been drinking at the time and didn't remember everything that happened the night before.

"Why did they get into my house?" he asked of police. "I didn't invite them into my house. They come into my bedroom and shot me with the Taser, and it [the lighter] exploded."

The bizarre burning ended an evening that records show began with Cassidy drinking at a friend's house, then apparently becoming depressed over his medical and financial problems. Suddenly, he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the chest and stomach, police records indicate.

The friend got scared and called police about 9:20 p.m. Crouch fled for home on nearby North Grandview Avenue.

"He stuck the knife in his belly, ma'am, so I thought that was the time to call you," the friend told a 911 dispatcher during a 14-minute call. "And he was bleeding, so I said, `Well, I can't put up with this.'"

When he got home, Crouch began arguing with his wife, Cecilia, 54, about going to Las Vegas, according to police reports.

Police say she ran from her home in fear when her husband again went for a knife. Officers had to kick the door down to get into the apartment, according to reports. Crouch stood near a back bedroom with an 8-inch knife to his stomach.

After repeated requests for Crouch to drop the knife, Cassidy went for her Taser. That's when the lighter ignited.

Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:10:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:
"The subject," recounted Sgt. Al Tolley in a subsequent report, "immediately dropped the knife."





Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:11:38 AM EDT
I wonder what went through that cops head lol
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:13:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
I wonder what went through that cops head lol



probably "he had on to much cologne anyways"
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:13:45 AM EDT
I wish there was a video.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:23:16 AM EDT
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These things happen...
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Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:23:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
I wonder what went through that cops head lol



Officer Cassidy: "Dang, how long has this thing been on the recharger?"


The bizarre burning ended an evening that records show began with Cassidy drinking at a friend's house, then apparently becoming depressed over his medical and financial problems. Suddenly, he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the chest and stomach, police records indicate.



WTF? I thought Cassidy was the LEO.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:28:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
I wonder what went through that cops head lol


"Where the hell did I put that bag of marshmallows"
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:28:42 AM EDT

The bizarre burning ended an evening that records show began with Cassidy drinking at a friend's house...

That looks bad that the cop was drinking before using the taser!

So was this taser the 50 caliber model?z
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:29:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Yankee1911:

Originally Posted By bastiat:
"The subject," recounted Sgt. Al Tolley in a subsequent report, "immediately dropped the knife."







+100
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:30:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:32:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Yankee1911:

Originally Posted By bastiat:
"The subject," recounted Sgt. Al Tolley in a subsequent report, "immediately dropped the knife."








Sounds like the Tazer still made him comply.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 8:46:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ranxerox911:

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
I wonder what went through that cops head lol



Officer Cassidy: "Dang, how long has this thing been on the recharger?"


The bizarre burning ended an evening that records show began with Cassidy drinking at a friend's house, then apparently becoming depressed over his medical and financial problems. Suddenly, he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the chest and stomach, police records indicate.



WTF? I thought Cassidy was the LEO.



Fine Journalistic standards there.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:00:27 AM EDT
I said set your phasers to stun you idiot!
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:04:03 AM EDT
On quick glance i thought the title said "man's shit erupts in flames after he is shot with taser"
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:21:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By t-stox:
On quick glance i thought the title said "man's shit erupts in flames after he is shot with taser"


Oh good I wasn't the only one.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:31:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jetlag:

Originally Posted By t-stox:
On quick glance i thought the title said "man's shit erupts in flames after he is shot with taser"


Oh good I wasn't the only one.



Thats why I clicked on the thread.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:32:31 AM EDT
ha ha ha ha ha
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:34:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I wish there was a video.



Me too.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:35:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2006 9:36:03 AM EDT by npd233]
d/t
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:54:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2006 10:02:14 AM EDT by jdgiii]


Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:57:17 AM EDT
Very cool
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:06:36 AM EDT
I want to know why lethal force wasn't used to subdue a lethal force threat.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:28:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:
I want to know why lethal force wasn't used to subdue a lethal force threat.



Perhaps because officer Cassidy believed she had the "option." And while I certainly wouldn't fault her for going with a lethal force option in that situation I can appreciate the fact that she didn't if other options were available.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:43:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:
I want to know why lethal force wasn't used to subdue a lethal force threat.

Because, while it's nice to have as an option, you don't need to go killing people just because you can. How old are you? 12?
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:52:44 AM EDT
Its Bush's fault for having Haliburton make those exploding taser thingys.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:53:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:
I want to know why lethal force wasn't used to subdue a lethal force threat.



If it had been, you would be asking the exact opposite question.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:54:58 AM EDT
TASER TASER!!!!!! PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 10:59:23 AM EDT
Its Bush's fault for having Haliburton make those exploding taser thingys.
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