There was recently an incident in Greenwood Indiana where a 26 year old man by the name of James McCarthy robbed a local store. Mr. McCarthy had beat up the tobacco store clerk at gun point, car jacked a vehicle outside of the business, and then proceeded to lead police on a car chase. The chase ended in a parking lot with a stand off between Mr. McCarthy and police officers. As seen in the video police finally closed the distance with Mr. McCarthy and utilized a Taser to bring him down.
As seen in the video the police officers had to close the distance with a potentially dangerous suspect in order to end the confrontation with less lethal means. Why did they have to do this? Because of two reasons. One, the police officers’ long distance less lethal solutions were locked away inside a patrol vehicle and the situation did not allow the officers to take their eyes of the potential threat. Two, the only less lethal weapon the officers had on them at the time was a one shot electronic control device (ECD) with a maximum engagement distance of 21 feet. This forced the officers to leave the cover and safety of their vehicles to bring down the suspect utilizing their current less lethal capability.
The Defenzia M09 solves both of the problems listed above as it provides long distance engagement in a light and portable solution that takes up less space on the officers’ duty belts than the current Tasers. The Defenzia M09 also offers four shots to the operator allowing them to make sure the job gets done right. Additionally, the Defenzia M09 offers highly concentrated OC gel and muzzle blast flash bangs to assist in the neutralization of threats. Utilizing the Defenzia M09’s primary defensive round, the .55 caliber rubber bullet, the operator can maintain a safe distance of up to 90 feet from potential threats providing four times the distance of current Taser style devices.
The Defenzia M09 is designed with officer safety in mind providing one tool to tackle many of the dangerous situations that today’s law enforcement officers face while on the job. The Defenzia M09 provides a truly portable, versatile, and effective solution in the battle against crime in cities across America.
On June 7th, 2017 US News reported an incident where a man wielding a baseball bat had been shot twice in the stomach as the situation escalated with police in Ohio. The suspect had entered a homeless shelter and had started making threats.
In situations like these were potential threats encounter law enforcement officers, Defenzia offers a portable and powerful less lethal solution in the M09 platform. With minimum engagement distances recommended at six feet with potential engagement of a target at 90 feet away, the platform provides the capability of a less lethal rifle platform in compact and easily accessible package. The four-shot Defenzia M09 provides 68 ft/lbs of muzzle energy with it’s signature .55 caliber rubber bullet. Assisted by an integrated laser sight, the solution is very accurate so the operator can deploy the system with confidence knowing that the target will fall when shot.
Defenzia believes in providing a less lethal solution with officer safety in mind that stops a threat without lethal outcomes. The Defenzia M09 provides comparable stopping power to that of a less lethal 12 gauge platform, but in a much smaller package capable of being carried by the everyday patrol officer on his or her duty belt.
The current less lethal platforms used for engaging suspects armed with baseball bats or edged weapons all have a common issue in place; they are usually locked in the rear of patrol vehicles. This is not ideal when the officer is placed in a hazardous situation, where calling time-out is not an option. Electronic control devices are carried on the officer’s duty belt, but most only offer one shot to get the job done right. In addition the engagement distance requires the officer to close the 21 foot engagement distance, which is not ideal when dealing with armed suspects. The Defenzia M09 less lethal firearm addresses all of these current problems with less lethal solutions.
Recently The Columbus Dispatch report that a Canton police officer had faced a man armed with a baseball bat at a homeless shelter. The man swung the bast at the officer twice prior to being shot in the stomach with the officer’s duty weapon. While the suspect is expected to recover and the officer was justified in his use of force, there is another option. The Defenzia M09 provides four times the engagement distance of any current electroshock or electronic control device commonly used by law enforcement. The Defenzia M09 also provides law enforcement officers with four shots to neutralize a threat with .55 caliber less lethal stopping power. The Defenzia .55 caliber rubber bullet travels at 400 fps and delivers 68 ft/lbs of force to the threat. Furthermore in situations such as the one reported by The Columbus Dispatch, the officer in question would not have had the time to retrieve a less lethal long range option even if he had it in his patrol vehicle. An ECD (electronic control device) is not ideal when facing suspects armed with edged or blunt weapons. The Defenzia M09 is the middle ground. It provides the stopping power of much larger platforms such as the less lethal 12 gauge and 40mm platforms into a solution that can be carried on the officer’s duty belt much like an ECD would be. Powerful and Portable are two of the main benefits of the Defenzia M09. With mission specific ammunition, the Defenzia M09 can be utilized throughout a wide array of law enforcement applications.
Original article can be found here: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170608/canton-police-officer-shoots-baseball-bat-wielding-man-in-homeless-shelter
Defenzia LLC is scheduled to meet with the Florida Department of Corrections Bureau of Security Operations on 6/29. The Bureau of Security Operations will be reviewing the Defenzia M09 less lethal firearm in consideration for use in all state correctional facilities. The OC pepper gel is an ideal tool for prisoner cell extractions as it drys quickly upon contact and does not contaminate a large area. The officers also have the ability to deploy four rounds consecutively as needed through the semi-automatic electronic trigger of the M09. In addition the weapon system has a powerful .55 caliber rubber bullet that produces 68 ft/lbs of force to it’s target with the round traveling at 400fps. During mass disturbances, the Defenzia M09 can deploy muzzle blast flash bangs that produce 145 dB and a five million candela flash.
Last week Defenzia had the opportunity to meet with the St. Cloud Police Department and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. We conducted demos of our .55 caliber impact rounds and muzzle blast flashbang rounds.
Earlier this week Defenzia had the pleasure of conducting a demo with Clearwater’s SWAT team. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was kind enough to allow us access to their training facilities for the duration of the demo. We had the opportunity to test the .55 caliber impact round, flashbang, and various flares. Please see the associated videos below:
The South American team at Defenzia recently had the opportunity to meet with the Municipal Guard in Brazil. They had the opportunity to test the capabilities of the Defenzia M09 and it’s powerful .55 caliber less lethal round. Overall evaluation of the weapon system was a good one, with many officers pleased with it’s accuracy and compact size. The round has an effective range of approximately 90 feet and delivers the impact projectile down range with 68 ft/lbs of force.
This week marked an exciting time for Defenzia as we had the opportunity to come back to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a second demo for the command staff. Below are a few videos from that visit:
This week our staff has been busy building a brand new testing and training facility at our Phoenix head quarters. This will enable us to conduct tests on new products as well as host demonstrations for various agencies.
Mean while the Southeast team of Defenzia was busy conducting demos for agencies in South and Central Florida. These agencies included Pembroke Pines PD, Wauchula PD, and Hardee County SO. Videos from the demos can be viewed below.
Next week Defenzia will be headed to Georgia to conduct a secondary demo for the command staff at Atlanta PD as well as a demo for the Gainesville PD of the Defenzia M09 less lethal firearm. Please subscribe to our news feed to keep up to date with events and news regarding Defenzia LLC. Stay safe out there!