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PSNI taser armed man after he breaks into Lisburn house with mum and child, throws chair through window

By Deborah McAleese

Published 24/07/2015

A Taser stun gun
A Taser stun gun

Police used a taser on an armed and "agitated" man who broke into a house in Lisburn occupied by a woman and her child.

Trained police negotiators and an armed response team were  called to the scene after an emergency call was received from the woman at 2am this morning.

A 38 year-old man armed with a knife had entered the house in the Tirowen area of the town.

When police arrived they found him to be in a "distressed and agitated state".

Chief Inspector John Wilson said: "Local police officers responded to the report at 2am. When they arrived at the house in the Tirowen area they discovered a man in a distressed and agitated state inside the property. This man was suspected to be armed with a knife. The officers’ priority was to ensure the occupants inside were safe and any offenders were identified and detained as quickly and as safely as possible."

Mr Wilson said the intruder shattered windows in the house before moving to a neighbouring house which was unoccupied. At one point a chair was thrown through a window.

"Local officers sought the assistance of a specially trained PSNI Armed Response Unit while negotiating with the male. Officers from this unit entered the house and disarmed the man. A PSNI Taser was used in the incident. One 38 years old male was taken to hospital while in police custody," he added.

The female who called police and her child were not injured during the incident.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the Tirowen area at 2am and saw or heard anything suspicious prior to this incident to contact them on 101.

As is normal procedure when a PSNI Taser unit is discharged, the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been informed.

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