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Firefighters Acquitted Of Taser Charges Against High School Student

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File photo of a Taser. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of a Taser. (credit: Getty Images)

SALISBURY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Two firefighters who allegedly used a Taser nine times on an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter during a Christmas party were found not guilty of the charges.

Shane Cranfield and Allen Carlyle, along with police officer James Lambeth, were acquitted of charges Tuesday, putting to rest in court as to whether the men used the Taser on the high school student during the East Spencer fire department’s Christmas party last year. WBTV reports that the Taser was used at least nine times on John Resino, a North Rowan High School student and volunteer fireman.

According to police, Resino allegedly ran out of a room during the department’s Christmas Party on Dec. 10 in an attempt to get away from Cranfield and Carlyle. WBTV reports that Cranfield and Carlyle allegedly broke the handle of the door Resino had shut and stunned the 18-year-old nine times with a Taser of Lambeth, an on-duty police officer at the time of the incident. Police have indicated that the Taser went off 18 times in a three-minute span, about once every 10 seconds.

Cranfield believed that the inconsistencies in Resino’s story throughout the course of the trial led to the verdict.

“I have lost my position as the Chief of the East Spencer fire department, as well as my part time paid position,” Cranfield told WBTV. “My reputation, career, and life have been ran through the mud and destroyed.  I have been blacked balled throughout the county and shunned by people I have known for years and considered to be my brothers. Along with me, two other people, firefighter Alan Carlyle and officer James Lambeth, have also faced the same ridicule and public embarrassment as myself.”

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