Off-Duty Deputy Zapped With Taser Gets $300K

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    In light of new warnings from the maker of Taser, local police departments are re-evaluating how they use the tool with one already updating training.

    An off-duty sheriff's deputy hit by a Taser by police officers responding to a 911 hangup has been awarded more than $300,000 by a federal jury.

    Merced County sheriff's deputy Domingo Leyro received the award Friday after a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in Fresno.

    According to testimony, Leyro was Tasered in 2007 by Chowchilla police officers responding to a 911 hangup call by the deputy's girlfriend -- who on a callback told dispatchers everything was fine.

    Officers arrived at Leyro's home and asked to see the girlfriend, and say Leyro closed the door and went to get her. After going inside, officers ordered Leyro to stop walking and say he did not obey, so they fired Tasers.

    Leyro was charged with and acquitted of resisting arrest. He also lost and regained his job.