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Woman, 87, had pellet gun when stun-gunned

BORING, Ore., July 13 (UPI) -- An 87-year-old Oregon woman who died after police used a stun gun on her was armed with a pellet gun, not a handgun, police said.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said a deputy used the stun gun on Phyllis A. Owens after mistaking the pellet gun for a handgun as he and another deputy approached her at her mobile home park, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday.

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The sheriff's office had initially reported Owens held a handgun in the Thursday incident at Big Valley Woods Mobile Home Park near Boring, about 20 miles southeast of Portland.

The deputies were responding to a call that Owens had threatened a park employee digging a trench near her mobile home.

Lt. Paul Steigleder II, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, told The Oregonian Monday the deputies and other witnesses had believed the pellet gun was "a fully functioning firearm."

Owens died at a Gresham hospital about an hour after the deputy used a stun gun on her.

The Clackamas County's Major Crimes Team is investigating.

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