Teen at center of police stun gun controversy out of hospital - KCTV5

Teen at center of police stun gun controversy out of hospital

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

A 17-year-old teen who suffered brain damage after his heart stopped when an Independence police officer used his stun gun on him is now out of the hospital.

Dan Haus, an attorney for Bryce Masters and his family, said Masters was released from Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence Sunday night.

"He is resting at home with his family and will meet with rehabilitation specialists on Tuesday," Haus said in an email. "The extent and long-term effect of the brain damage is still unknown."

Masters pulled over by an Independence police officer who says Masters refused to cooperate and get out of the car. Officer Tim Runnels allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the car. Runnels would wind up using his stun gun on Masters and the stun gun's probes hit near his heart, causing him to go into full cardiac arrest.

Video has surfaced of Masters on the ground and some have questioned why Runnels didn't do more to provide first aid to the prone teen.

Haus revealed Monday that Masters suffered facial injuries during the altercation.

"Bryce also suffered a jaw injury and several damaged teeth and will be meeting with an oral surgeon later this week," Haus said.

The Masters family is declining interview requests. Masters' father is a Kansas City Police Department officer who oversees the department's off-duty program.

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