The Saginaw City Council voted Monday night to approve funding for the purchase of three "bean bag" guns.
Officials say the purchase was partially in response to the Milton Hall shooting, a homeless man who was shot and killed by Saginaw police July 1. Police say Hall refused to put down a knife that he waved at officers.
In an investigative report issued in September, the city was scrutinized by prosecutor Mike Thomas for not having access to "non-lethal" equipment, like bean bag guns, at the time of the Hall shooting.
The bean bag guns will have two functions. The first is to stun a suspect, by hitting them in non-lethal areas such as the chest.
The guns will also be equipped with tear gas as well.
Unlike stun guns, officers can have a much longer distance between them and a suspect, about 75 feet, when they fire it.
On the county level, Sgt. Mark Przybylski of the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department said his agency recently purchased several bean bag guns in order to improve its inventory of non-lethal equipment.
Przybylski said that bean bag guns allow officers to use non-lethal tactics at much greater distances than traditional items such as stun guns and batons.
According to Saginaw's City Council Agenda, the city plans to purchase three bean bag launchers for $5,052.
Assistant City Manager Phil Ludos says the order for the guns will be placed this week.
Officers will go through training and the non-lethal weapons could be available for use by the end of the year.
The shotgun-style weapons will be placed in supervisors' vehicles.
The Saginaw Police Department was not available for comment about the purchase of bean bag guns.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:51:17 GMT
Flint police are investigating a triple shooting that put three women in the hospital around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Lt. Detective Marcus Mahan said a group of women were seen fighting on West Paterson Street,More >
Flint police are investigating a triple shooting that put three women in the hospital around 2:15 p.m. Saturday.More >
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:22 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:22:41 GMT
The parish community of St. Mary's of the Assumption is in mourning. The Saginaw Diocese confirms Father Craig Albrecht has passed away.Father Albrecht served as pastor at the church since 2008. AccordingMore >
The parish community of St. Mary's of the Assumption is in mourning. The Saginaw Diocese confirmed the Rev. Craig Albrecht has passed away.More >
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:48:46 GMT
A trooper from the Michigan State Police Flint post was involved in a shooting early this morning in Mount Morris Township. It happened at approximately 3:30am when the officer pulled over a vehicle nearMore >
One man is dead after an incident with a Michigan State Police officer.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:47:03 GMT
Breaking News: Saginaw and Michigan State Police on are the scene of a quadruple shooting in Saginaw. Investigators confirm four people were shot at a pre-prom gathering in the parking lot of the FlorenceMore >
A 17 year old girl was shot and killed and three others wounded at a pre-prom gathering in Saginaw. The three others that were wounded were all female.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:37:48 GMT
WNEM has received word of an accident involving a STARS bus on Saginaw's east side. The accident happened near the intersection of Gallagher Street and Sheridan Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Friday. It isMore >
An accident involving a STARS transit bus on Saginaw's east side sent three people to the hospital Friday morning. The bus and a van collided and the bus then crashed into two different houses in the area.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:21 GMT
A car crash has blocked the northbound lanes of M-13 in Bay County. Bay County central dispatch said the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday just north of the Kawkawlin River Road and Russel Road. DriversMore >
The northbound lanes of M-13 have been reopened following a two-car crash in Bay County.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:41 GMT
19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek is reviewing the latest log kept by jail guards watching over Ariel Castro, and they include a couple of eye opening incidents. At one point, notes say that jailers hadMore >
19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek is reviewing the latest log kept by jail guards watching over Ariel Castro, and they include a couple of eye opening incidents.More >