The Frankenstein-ish scene was set, waiting only for someone to yell, "He's alive!"
But Boyle County Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin looked anything but ready to break free from the two metal probes clamped to his clothing. Two burly deputies held each of his arms, straining with clenched fists, as the department's newest weapon was turned to 'stun'. Hardin's face clenched in stomach-turning spasms as he fell to the floor.
"Oh. Ooooh," he repeated as he woozily climbed to his feet.
The department's new 50,000-volt Taser guns were demonstrated on deputies and boss alike Saturday during a four-hour training course. The department now has three of the pistol-shaped devices to use in controlling combative suspects.
The weapons, which cost $800 apiece, shoot two probes - tipped with small barbs to penetrate clothing and skin - into a suspect. A five-second shock then jolts the arrestee, locking their muscles for the duration so they may be apprehended without further use of force.