stun gun


Definition of stun gun

: a weapon designed to stun or immobilize (as by electric shock) rather than kill or injure the one affected

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She was shocked with a stun gun and forced into a car by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy, who held her captive for 18 years. Diana Pearl,, "How Jayme Closs, Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard and Others Survived Headline-Making Abductions," 19 Aug. 2019 He was eventually arrested by a combination of Redwood City police officers and San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies, but not before being shot with a stun gun a total of four times, according to the report. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "‘I would have shot me too.’ DA clears parole agent in Redwood City shooting," 23 July 2019 In addition to charges of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Asencio also faces an outstanding warrant for allegedly breaking into the woman’s home and attacking her with a stun gun on April 21, officials said. Sophia Eppolito,, "Woman stabbed in Worcester restaurant allegedly attacked by same man two months before," 4 July 2019 One was hit in the back of the neck with a blunt object, police said, and the suspect tried to shock the victims with stun gun. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Golden police searching for man who attacks homeless while yelling “Get out of my city”," 12 June 2019 Officer Samuel Dicarlo's shot missed, but another officer's stun gun hit, and Behun was arrested., "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019 An earlier attempt to subdue him with a stun gun failed. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Billings, Montana sees 2nd fatal police shooting in 24 hours," 10 Apr. 2018 Another was in possession of meth and heroin and under the influence and was a felon in possession of a stun gun. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report," 12 Sep. 2019 Investigators released no new information about the case Monday, including how many times Quinones was shot, or whether there was any attempt to use a stun gun. Amy Forliti, Twin Cities, "Questions after police fatally shoot man who streamed chase," 9 Sep. 2019

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stun gun

: a gun that produces an electric shock which makes someone unconscious or stops someone from moving

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