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Police on lookout for missing Taser

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WINNIPEG police are hoping the right hands -- not the wrong hands -- find a missing Taser.

Spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said on Wednesday that for the first time in Winnipeg a complete Taser unit, holstered and attached to an officer's service duty belt, is missing after apparently falling off somewhere in the northwest quadrant of the city.

"This is a very serious concern for us," Michalyshen said. "If it gets into the wrong hands or is misused it can cause serious injury... It's unfortunate it did disappear."

Up until now, only the spare cartridge from a Taser had ever fallen off an officer's belt.

Michalyshen said police are also hoping to get back the entire unit to help figure out why it dropped off the officer's belt. He said the Taser holster is different than a sidearm holster, but he wouldn't get into details about officer equipment.

Michalyshen said all they know is the Taser disappeared sometime around midnight on Tuesday night and the officer didn't realize it was gone until near the end of his shift.

Police ask anyone who finds the device to contact them immediately.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2011 B4

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