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(KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind.) — A small-town police chief’s plan to raise money has shocked people in Knightstown, Ind. — and will definitely shock him: he will voluntarily get tasered to bring in donations for his department.

Knightstown Police Chief Danny Baker, 63, said he and another town official will let police officers zap them with a Taser in front of a crowd in a school gymnasium tonight, hoping to raise enough money from spectators to put toward a new car lease for his financially struggling police department.

“They just show up, sit down, and get a good laugh as I get the s**t knocked out of me,” Baker told ABC News.

“If you can imagine somebody hitting you in the back of the head 19 times per second for five seconds, that’s what it feels like. And boy, do it hurt,” he said.

A couple of officers will support Baker as he’s stunned with 50,000 volts of less than two amps of electricity, and then will lay him on the floor, the chief said.

An ambulance will stand by “for safety’s sake and for my wife’s peace of mind,” he said. “She thinks I’m nuts, but she thought that when we got married 38 years ago.”

Bart Whitesitt, the town’s court-treasurer, will also get stunned.

Like other police departments in small towns across the country, Knightstown has struggled through budget cuts, the chief said. The fleet has four cars for three full-time, five part-time and nine reserve officers. But three of the cars are out of commission, so everybody at the police station shares Baker’s 2006 Ford Crown Victoria.

If the department can raise $9,000 — and it almost has, with donations coming in from as far as West Virginia and Nevada — it can lease a second vehicle, a Ford Police Interceptor SUV. Baker hopes he can collect enough cash for a third, too.

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