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Published March 01, 2013, 08:35 PM

A Breckenridge home break-in is stopped by a taser

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Breckenridge break in is stopped after a homeowner pulls out a taser.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Breckenridge break in is stopped after a homeowner pulls out a taser.

Four men are behind bars and another is thankful things didn't end any worse.

Imagine a force so strong, it can make you fall to the ground on impact.

Tasers full of voltage that can stop bad guys before a break-in.

Nate Harder/Breckenridge Police Chief: "To interrupt a home invasion robbery, I've never heard of it."

That's what happened at a Breckenridge apartment, when the renter pulled a taser on his uninvited guests.

Harder: "Somebody should have some viable defense options at their house"

The weapons full of 25 or even 50 thousand volts are used frequently by law enforcement

Lt. Joel Vettel: "Pain is not what the goal is, really the goal is to gain compliance."

Or less frequently by the public.

Harder: "The civilian version is 30 seconds and it's designed to drop and run, the thinking behind that is so you can dart a bad guy coming at you, drop it, and run away to safety."

I spoke with the man who used the taser. He would not go on camera but say he's glad he had it, and is even looking to upgrade to something stronger after the invasion.

Harder: "The climate we're in right now, a lot of people are concerned weapons could be taken away and they see this as a viable force option."

The tasers don't come cheap. Running anywhere from 400 to more than 12-hundred dollars online and almost impossible to find in stores.

And although their power may stop criminals in their tracks, police say education and training should come far before pulling the trigger.

Vettel: "If they choose to do this, know the laws, carry it responsibly, and also at the end of the day, make sure they're doing it as safely as possible"

Laws about owning a taser vary from state to state, even city to city. In Minnesota you have to be over 18, and cannot purchase a taser if you're a convicted felon.