WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– When West Haven police arrested a Bridgeport man they noticed a phone and thought it was just that, but it was actually a stun gun.
“As the officers looked at it a little closer they obviously noticed it wasn’t an actual iPhone and questioned the individual,” said West Haven Police Sergeant Dave Tammaro. “He showed the officers how this thing operates and by state statute they’re illegal to possess. Press the button to turn it on and at the opposite end it starts a spark which creates a charge, and that would deliver the jolt to the individual.”
Police say they responded to a domestic disturbance call at an area hotel Friday, and arrested 21-year-old Carl Parker Edwards for assault and disorderly conduct. Edwards was also charged with carrying a dangerous weapon.
“This iPhone replica is actually a stun gun found on an arrested person here in West Haven,” wrote West Haven police on their Facebook page. “These are some of the weapons our police officers encounter.”
“It’s that uncommon, that rare to see something like that,” said Tammaro.
Tommy Imperati, owner of the Hunter’s Shop in Branford, says he doesn’t sell them, but he’s certainly seen them.
“They make them that look like cameras,” said Imperati. “I’ve seen a couple that look like big lighters.”
He says he’s not sure what the big hype is over these.
“False sense of security or to scare somebody,” said Imperati. “It’s like sticking someone with a pin. They jump. The ones the police officers use, those are good, those work, but small ones that you buy, they don’t work.”
A web search found several websites that sell these phone stun guns for all different prices. Imperati says you don’t need a permit to purchase a stun gun, but it is against state law to carry them around.