Taser Used on 79-Year-Old In-Law

Associated Press
Saturday, January 27, 2007

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash., Jan. 26 -- A man who said he used a stun gun on his wife's 79-year-old grandmother was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault.

Aaron de Bruyn, 26, was cited with fourth-degree domestic violence assault Wednesday and released from the Skamania County Jail on Thursday, Police Chief Calvin Owens said. The grandmother was not injured.

De Bruyn said he was arguing with the woman, Rosemary Garlock, who accused him of abusing his 7-month-old son when he swatted the boy to stop him from grabbing electrical wires.

When she refused to leave, he said, he shot her on her right shoulder as she sat on the living room couch.

"She yelped, because getting Tased hurts," de Bruyn told the Columbian newspaper.

De Bruyn said he had the 50,000 volt Taser X26 to protect against burglars. He said he called authorities, saying he had a relative in his house who would not leave.

De Bruyn's stun gun was confiscated.

"If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't," he said.

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