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Stun gun safety an issue due to recent attacks

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Authorities have received several complaints in the last couple of days about innocent people being victims to stun gun attacks. Many people believe that there could be more victims in the future.

If a person uses a handgun to attack someone the charge is a felony, but when someone uses a stun gun the charge is usually a misdemeanor.

The rule isn't constant so police are warning anyone with a stun gun to be careful how they use it. A misdemeanor stun gun charge can quickly jump to a felony if injuries are severe. Experts say stun guns can do anything from causing a slight jolt to killing a person.

It depends on how strong the voltage is on a stun gun and how it's used.

Carroll Smith of the Killeen Police Department say there's no way to completely protect yourself from stun gun attacks, but there are some measures you can take.

"The fact is you know defend yourself, and you know whatever you feel is necessary I don't want to say for anyone to carry a gun or anything like that," Smith said. "You have to use whatever you deem necessary in that situation."

Police aren't sure why the suspects in these recent cases are using their stun guns on people, but they did say the two male suspects have been targeting people who are jogging on a trail or just walking down the street.

Two women were attacked with stun guns while walking on Stan Schlueter Loop on October 21. The next day, the suspects attacked a man and woman who were jogging in their neighborhood.

Police are asking anyone with information about these assaults or if you've been a victim in a similar incident, call Killeen Crime Stoppers at 526-8477. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000.

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