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Off-Duty Officer Tasered Patient At Bedford Hospital

A sales person demonstates a Taser gun at the Nations Gunshow on November 21, 2009 in Chantilly, Virginia. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A sales person demonstates a Taser gun at the Nations Gunshow on November 21, 2009 in Chantilly, Virginia. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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BEDFORD (AP) – Police say an off-duty officer working at a Dallas-area hospital used a Taser to subdue an unruly patient who allegedly assaulted two employees.

Bedford police Lt. Kirk Roberts said the officer and other employees responded to a report of a “violation situation” about 6:15 a.m. Dec. 14. Roberts said the officer gained control of the man with the Taser so that staff members of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford could restrain him.

Roberts told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the officer used a technique in which an electric charge is administered without firing the Taser’s projectiles.

Roberts said possible charges against the unidentified man are under investigation.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to discuss details of the case, citing privacy laws.

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