Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A new gadget looks like it’s straight out of Batman’s belt, but we got to see it in-person in Burke County Thursday.
Law enforcement agencies from all over the state made their way to Burke County to test out the new tool.
Once the BolaWrap is cocked and the trigger is pulled, a wire shoots out with little barbs to grip the subject. It would make it almost impossible for a suspect to run away.
"It gives you a few seconds while there mind is like what just happened to me,” Deputy Chief Lewis Blanchard told News 12 after a test. “You can get them properly handcuffed and secure the scene."
40 different agencies took turns testing the BolaWrap on each other.
Don De Lucca is a retired police chief and chief strategy officer for BolaWrap. He says it's charged with a half a 40-caliber round. It has, get this, a laser and a high speed surprise.
"It comes out at 640 feet per second, so you hear the noise and then you’re wrapped. It's that quick,” De Luca told us. “It restricts your mobility."
It may look like something from Spiderman, but it's real and all deputies have to do now is get trained and putting it into action.
Burke County will start with two of the gadgets, but they hope to get more. North Augusta is also looking at using the tools.