New weapon in law enforcement?

Pepper spray gun

Detention deputy Chris Lee Wallace washes the pepper spray gel off of his face after he volunteered to be shot with the new substance.

Mathew Pellegrino
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 03:43 PM.

Three members of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are regretting they raised their hand to volunteer on Thursday.

That’s because they signed up to get hit in the face with something that could become the next best weapon of defense for law enforcement officers.

All three of the officers, including Chris-Lee Wallace, a detention deputy were hit with a packet of pepper spray gel from a JPX-450 gun.

The new material is not potent and allows officers to safely apprehend a suspect with the weapon without contaminating people or objects around the person.

Unlike normal pepper spray, which can spread once it is sprayed, the gel pepper spray sticks to a persons face and burns.

And as Ron Teeters, the product training instructor told the deputies, it’s not just the pepper spray that’s surprising.

“The initial shot is a shock as well,” Teeters said.



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