Phillies Fan Tasered for Running Onto Field

First time a Taser has been used to stop a jumper inside the ballpark

A Phillies fan who rushed the field at Monday night's game became the first person police used a Taser gun on in the team's history.

The 17-year-old interrupted play at the top of the 8th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals when he jumped a fence and ran through the outfield.

Wearing a red 2009 NL Championship shirt and waving a white towel, the teen passed by two security officers before making it on the grass.

But he was no match for a Philadelphia Police officer and his Taser. Seconds after firing the stun gun, the teen dropped to the ground like a bag of bricks.

The crowd of 44,000 fans laughed and cheered as he face-planted into the grass. Fan Andrew Damron uploaded the scene to YouTube from his (very) far away vantage point in the ballpark.

Good Angle of Teen Getting Tasered; Phillies Fans Boo

Throughout the night, better videos were posted.

In a statement early Tuesday morning, Phillies spokesperson Bonnie Clark said the team and police are investigating the incident and whether a stun gun is an "appropriate use of force under these circumstances."

A few hours later, they sent out this statement:

This is the first time that a taser gun has been used by Philadelphia police to apprehend a field jumper.

The Police Department is investigating this matter and The Phillies are discussing with them whether in future situations this is an appropriate use of force under these circumstances. That decision will be made public.

The person was a 17-year-old male who will be charged with criminal trespass and related offenses. Because he is a juvenile we cannot release his name.

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The teen was checked out by a doctor (and is okay), spent the night in jail and was released Tuesday morning.

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