TROUP COUNTY, Ga. – Police have a new crime-fighting tool that they say could help in dangerous situations. Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer learned what officers testing the device say is the biggest benefit: safety. The BolaWrap is about the size of a flashlight, and it has a laser and a high-speed surprise. An extra-strong line shoots out and catches around a suspect’s ankle. “It comes out at 900 feet per second, and as you can see it entangles him right before the knee,” said LaGrange police Lt. Eric S. Lohr. It works so fast that Channel 2 Action News slowed down video so you can see the line wrap around the mannequin’s legs. LaGrange police are testing the new tool to use at close range. Instead of potentially serious outcomes by pulling out a Taser, or even a gun, with a suspect who is armed with a knife or just out of control, officers can use an alternative route.
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