BALTIMORE—Calling the incident “a heartbreaking and unforgivable error” that they might examine completely, the Baltimore Police Division apologized Thursday for tasing an harmless man that they meant to shoot. “This morning, what was purported to be a routine visitors cease turned tragic when an officer by accident subdued a person with nonlethal means as a substitute of capturing him within the chest a number of instances,” mentioned police spokesperson Gregory Hansen, including that the officer in query had instantly been positioned on paid depart, as there was no excuse for permitting an harmless man to get away from that type of encounter alive. “Though physique digicam footage clearly signifies the officer was reaching for his gun with a transparent intent to kill, he mistakenly used a Taser as a substitute, thus inflicting far much less injury. For sure, this officer feared for his life, so something in addition to making a snap judgment and senselessly killing the suspect was completely the unsuitable name. We are going to by no means enable this to occur once more.” At press time, legislation enforcement officers added that they had been grateful the Taser had a minimum of managed to induce a coronary heart assault and depart the sufferer hospitalized for the foreseeable future.