1 officer fired, another quits after woman repeatedly tasered

RICHLAND, Ga. (AP) - One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was tasered repeatedly with a stun gun.

Ryan Smit resigned and Tim Murphy was fired for using pepper spray on the woman, Janice Wells. Both men worked for the Lumpkin Police Department.

Wells, 57, says she feared a prowler was outside her Richland home.

A minute-long dashboard video from Smith's patrol car shows the officer pulling up to assist another officer.

What happens is largely hidden by an open police cruiser door, but Wells can be heard screaming "Don't do that! Don't do that!" as a stun gun is heard repeatedly zapping.

Authorities say the April 26 struggle began when Wells wouldn't tell police the name of an acquaintance who had visited her house.

Lumpkin Police Chief Steven Ogle says the video is shocking. Wells has hired an attorney.

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