February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 at 8:46 am
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police in Saginaw are getting new stun guns after they were told not to use them because of a patent infringement case involving their manufacturer.
The Saginaw News and WSGW-AM report the police department's Karbon Arms devices are being replaced by Taser-brand devices.
Saginaw police were equipped with 70 Karbon Arms devices about a year ago at a cost of about $74,000. Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales says the city plans to spend about $16,000 at first to buy 12 new stun guns. That's enough to equip one shift of officers.
Morales says the department was notified that it must stop using the Karbon Arms devices following a settlement in a lawsuit filed by stun gun maker Taser International. Morales says other law enforcement departments are getting similar notifications.