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Police tasered a man to stop him killing himself outside Belfast's Grand Opera House

By Deborah McAleese

Published 29/07/2015

A Taser stun gun
A Taser stun gun

A man who was tasered by police to stop him killing himself has said officers did the right thing, according to the Police Ombudsman.

Following an investigation into the police response Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, concluded that the use of Taser during the incident had been "lawful, justified, proportionate and necessary".

Officers used a Taser on the man, who was in possession of a blade, after he threatened to harm himself during an incident in Belfast city centre on April 19 last year.

Armed response officers were called to the scene outside the Grand Opera House. They warned the man that if he did not drop the blade a Taser would be used.

The man, however, continued to shout aggressively, at one point saying: "Yous are liars and I’m going to show you all."

Officers spoke to the man for around 10 to 15 minutes, but he refused to drop the knife. As officers became increasingly concerned for his safety a Taser was discharged.

The officer was then able to restrain him and remove the blade, allowing paramedics to provide treatment before he was taken to hospital.

The man who had been Tasered was interviewed by the Polcie Ombudsman and said that he had no complaint about police actions. He said police had acted in the best way to stop him from harming himself.

Dr Maguire said officers "had successfully resolved a volatile and potentially dangerous situation."

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