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NC firefighters face charges in stun gun incident

EAST SPENCER, NC (AP) — Two Rowan County firefighters and a police officer are facing criminal charges over an incident in which an 18-year-old junior firefighter was shocked with a stun gun at a Christmas party.

County sheriff’s deputies say East Spencer Fire Chief Shane Cranfield and firefighter Allen Carlyle borrowed a Taser gun from on-duty police officer James Lambeth to shock an 18-year-old high school student earlier this month.

Investigators say the teenager ran into another room, but the two firefighters followed him and shocked him as many as nine times.

Lambeth has since resigned from the East Spencer Police Department. Investigators plan to charge him with failure to discharge his duty, a misdemeanor. Cranfield and Carlyle face assault charges.

None of the three could be immediately reached Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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