Police give crafty weapon a shot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – SWAT team member Pete Gallardo took cover behind stacked boxes.He didn’t send a dog or a robot out to check if someone was lurking around the corner.Instead, the West Covina officer bent the end of his weapon and a monitor showed him the masked man by the wall. A laser also helped pinpoint where his shot would be.“There is no other device in the market that allows you to look around the corner from a position of safety,” Gallardo said.He thought it was a great tool for the police.The West Covina Police Department is testing a new weapon that shoots around corners and was developed by former members of the Israeli forces. Called Corner Shot, a pistol is attached to a unit which comes equipped with a video camera, a monitor, a flashlight and a laser. It costs $6,500. The front section bends 63 degrees to the left or right.The department has the device until next week. However, on Monday Chief Frank Wills said he decided not to buy it.To include everything they want plus taxes would mean paying about $8,000, he said.“It’s a good weapon. It tested well but in light of the cost, not just prudent,” Wills said. “There are other, higher priority items like our automatic weapons. They’re about 15 years old. And on a more basic level, our detectives are driving cars barely running.”Corner Shot has two versions in production, according to Stefan Von Bjorn, vice president of United Armourers Inc., which is one of the weapon’s distributors.He said there’s a Corner Shot for pistols and there’s the Corner Shot 40 that lobs a grenade up to 385 yards.The Israeli police, British Army, British Special Air Service and Santa Ana police have Corner Shot, Von Bjorn said. [email protected](626)962-8811,Ext. 2718last_img

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