The “FN-303” Used for 1st Time to Subdue DOC Detainees

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Guam – For the 1st time since its purchase 3 years ago, the Special Ops team at the Department of Corrections employed a semi-automatic stun gun to
subdue 2 court detainee at the Mangilao prison  who were fighting.

Acting DOC Director Antone Aguon says no one was seriously injured and proper procedure appears to have been followed,  but the incident is under investigation.

The FN-303 uses compressed air to fire projectiles to “stun and subdue.”

DOC bought one of these so-called “less-lethal” weapons back in 2007. It was used for the first time last Friday morning when a fight broke out between prisoners Paul Aldan and Jesse Takano. The 2 court detainees were being held on parolee violations, said Aguon.

The fight broke out at Post 17, a detention area at the Mangilao prison. Acting Director Aguon explains that the prisoners did not obey commands to stop fighting. So the Special Ops team was called in to break it up. The FN-303 was used to fire one shot at each man.That was enough to put them down.

They were taken to the infirmary with bruises and then transferred to maximum security. Neither suffered serious injury, said Aguon.

The FN-303 fires a .68 caliber, 8.5 gram projectile. The projectile is designed to break up on impact and avoid the risk of penetrating injuries. According to the manufacturer “the primary effect of the projectile is trauma, which directly neutralizes the aggressor.”

Aguon says the 2 inmates are facing administrative charges and possible criminal charges as a result of the altercation. An investigation is also being conducted into the Special Op team’s use of the FN-303. 

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AND DOC IS INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT AT THE PRISON WHICH OCCURRED LAST FRIDAY MORNING DURING WHICH A STUN – GUN WAS USED TO SUBDUE A FIGHT BETWEEN 2 INMATES.// THE WEAPON IS CALLED AN FN-303.// IT FIRES A PROJECTILE THAT BREAKS UP ON IMPACT.// ITS THE FIRST TIME THE WEAPON HAS BEEN USED AT DOC.//

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