Irish Independent

An 87-year-old US woman who was tasered by police while hooked to an oxygen machine in her bed is suing her Oklahoma hometown.

Lawyer Brian Dell said that he filed the lawsuit on June 21 on behalf of his client, Lona Varner.

He did not specify the amount she is seeking from the city of El Reno but said it is at least 75,000 US dollars (£40,000).

Varner’s grandson called the emergency services on December 22 and said his grandmother “wanted to end her life” and that he was concerned she had taken some unknown medicine.

Officer Thomas Duran said in a police report that Varner pulled a kitchen knife from under her pillow and threatened to stab and kill him if he tried to take her from her home.

The report says another officer used a Taser stun gun on Varner.


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