State of emergency called amid Pa. stun gun probe

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Posted: May 03, 2012 10:51 AM
State of emergency called amid Pa. stun gun probe

The mayor of a suburban Philadelphia borough has declared a state of emergency after three officers were suspended in the fallout over the alleged use of a stun gun on a handcuffed teenage suspect.

Colwyn Mayor Daniel Rutland says he decided late Wednesday to declare a state of emergency because there aren't enough officers to patrol the streets. With the three suspensions, the borough is down to seven officers.

The 17-year-old boy told reporters that an officer zapped him once with the stun gun while he was handcuffed inside the department's jail cell on April 24.

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Investigators believe the teen was in custody after refusing to answer a police officer's questions about a fight he witnessed.

The Delaware County district attorney is investigating.