This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It only took six minutes. At 12:31 p.m. on Oct. 18, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers made a traffic stop near 16th and Mitthoeffer on a gray Chevy. The passenger, Truville Christian, had a gun. When Christian began to wrestle with police over the gun, officers tased him. It didn’t work. Officers shot Christian at 12:37. Christian survived, but the gunshot wouldn’t have been necessary if the Taser had stopped him. The electronic weapon subdues suspects without using deadly force. And although the Taser has become a valuable tool for police, it is far from a cure-all. Since April of 2014, IMPD officers have used Tasers 1,317 times. In 484 instances, the Taser was ineffective or had “limited effectiveness.” “When you’re in a situation like that, it’s not like being on the range,” said Jim White, a lecturer at IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and former member of the Indiana State Police (he also served in the Army for 37 years). “You have someone coming at you. There’s a lot of movement there. Sometimes you miss.” Sergeant Michael Daley supervises the less-lethal weapon training for IMPD. He says people often blame a Taser when it doesn’t work, but the problem usually lies in how it’s used. A Taser shoots two probes that puncture the skin and transmit electricity through the body. “If you miss with one of those probes, it’s not going to be effective,” Daley said. “It’s not because the Taser is not effective. It’s because of the deployment.” The numbers from IMPD are actually encouraging compared to findings from other departments. The Los Angeles Police Department used Tasers 1,100 times in 2015, and the weapon subdued suspects only about half the time. In Chicago, Tasers didn’t curb the police force’s use of guns. In an Evansville incident, Tasers twice failed to subdue a suspect before he was finally arrested. The suspect actually got control of the Taser and tased the officer in the face. Tasers can save lives. Suspects who are belligerent or on drugs pose a real problem, but these situations shouldn’t be open season for lethal force. “As the community changes, you don’t want someone shot and killed who doesn’t have a gun,” said Reverend David Greene of Indianapolis Concerned Clergy.