NC family sues Scottsdale-based Taser International

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The company that makes the electronic stun gun known as a Taser is being sued by the family of a North Carolina teen killed after he was shocked with one of the guns.

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.

Darryl Wayne Turner, 17, 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.

Taser International, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., did not immediately return a phone message left early Wednesday seeking comment.

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