Charlotte Family Sues Company That Makes Taser Stun Guns

A maker of electronic stun guns is being sued by the family of a North Carolina teen killed after he was shocked with one of the weapons.

The Charlotte Observer reported the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court and doesn't list a specific monetary amount. The lawsuit says Taser International didn't warn its customers that the weapon could be lethal if deployed near the chest.

Seventeen-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner died of cardiac arrest in March 2008 after a confrontation with police at a grocery store where Turner had worked. The city of Charlotte paid $625,000 to Turner's family last August, although the city didn't admit wrongdoing.

A spokesman for Taser International says the Arizona-based company doesn't comment on pending litigation, but stands behind the safety of its products.

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