No charges were filed against a 17-year-old Arizona high school student who allegedly started a fight and then got zapped by a stun gun carried by a police school resource officer who couldn't deescalate the altercation, KNXV-TV reported.
Most of the incident between the two males was captured on video by multiple cellphones.
The fight started about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Ridge High School when the 17-year-old grabbed from behind a 16-year-old from who just sat down at an outdoor table, Glendale police said.
Video showed the alleged attacker pull the student from his seat and then the pair disappeared behind onlookers; seconds later they were on the ground with the 16-year-old above the attacker and throwing punches at him.
According to a school statement, the officer noticed the 17-year-old becoming aggressive toward the 16-year-old before he attacked. After the 16-year-old victim had quickly reversed things, the officer is heard yelling, “Get off him! Get off him!"
But the officer used the stun gun on the 17-year-old whose back was on the ground, albeit while knowing he allegedly was the initial aggressor. Police told KNXV the officer acted appropriately.
“I was shocked, but the fight did get out of hand, so I guess it was necessary,” student Ashley Williams told KNXV.
The 17-year-old wasn't injured after getting hit by the stun gun, KNXV added. The school is investigating.
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