PUEBLO, Colo. -- An "out of control" 10-year-old child was stunned with a Taser and arrested by sheriff's deputies in Pueblo West Monday.
Capt. Jeff Teschner said that the deputies involved in the arrest were justified in their use of force.
"They followed all policies and procedures. This was appropriate use of the Taser device," said Teschner.
He said Wednesday that the juvenile was not hurt when deputies took action on Monday afternoon , after arriving at his foster home where he was reportedly destroying property.
Authorities said the youth threatened a foster parent with a pipe and a stick, and threw a landscaping timber at him.
The boy refused to throw down a pipe he was holding when deputies cornered him outside.
The boy was booked into Pueblo Youth Center on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon. The foster parent said he intends to press charges against the boy.
Teschner said his department's policy on the use of Tasers is not age specific.
"It's important to use best judgment and consideration anytime you deploy these devices, whether it's an old person or a young person. We followed all our policies and procedures, and I think in this particular instance, (the Taser) was used in an appropriate effect," said Teschner.