St. Paul police use new ‘PepperBall’ tool in woman’s arrest Monday

 – Just over a week after launching a pilot program, St. Paul, Minnesota police used the non-lethal “PepperBall” tool during an arrest Monday morning.

The new program employs the use of guns that shoot out pepper balls containing the same irritant as Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper. Using the tool, officers can be 60 feet away to deescalate a dangerous situation.

At about 9 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Maryland Avenue East on a report of a person in crisis. The landlord called police to report that a woman was threatening to blow up the building by using natural gas. Full story: