Lawsuit by man Tasered 6 times dropped

July 30, 2009 5:30:30 AM PDT
A federal judge says two police officers in a Pittsburgh suburb did nothing wrong when they repeatedly used Tasers to subdue an "armed, suicidal and belligerent man."

That's how U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry described 41-year-old Robert Wargo in dismissing his federal lawsuit against police in Monroeville who responded to a disturbance call at his home in October 2006.

The incident began when Wargo, distraught over his failing business and looming mortgage foreclosure, sent his wife a text message saying he was going to shoot himself.

One officer shocked Wargo five times with his Taser and, when he still wouldn't be handcuffed, a second officer shocked him again.

Wargo pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the incident.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com


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