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Police commander not certified to use pepper-pellet gun
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BOSTON (AP) -- A top Boston police official was not certified to use a pepper-pellet gun like the one that killed a 21-year-old reveler celebrating the Red Sox American League pennant victory last month.

Deputy Superintendent Robert O�Toole was trained to use the F-N-303 pepper-pellet gun at a five-day course last year in Ithaca, New York. However today�s Boston Globe says the training course only acquainted students with a variety of �less-than-lethal� weapons. And the company that offered the sessions also said the course did not constitute certification.

O�Toole�s lawyer�Timothy Burke�said yesterday that course instructors would not have allowed anyone inexperienced or incapable to fire the weapons during the sessions. However Burke acknowledged that O�Toole was not certified to fire the pepper-pellet guns.

Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove was fatally shot the night of October 21st outside Fenway Park.


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