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Police fired plastic bullet at vulnerable knife woman at Belfast home

Police fired a plastic bullet and stun gun at a vulnerable female armed with a knife in her north Belfast house earlier this week, it can be revealed
Police fired a plastic bullet and stun gun at a vulnerable female armed with a knife in her north Belfast house earlier this week, it can be revealed

By Steven Alexander

Police fired a plastic bullet and stun gun at a vulnerable female armed with a knife in her north Belfast house earlier this week, it can be revealed.

The PSNI said it fired the weapons in a bid to prevent the woman from harming herself.

The incident happened in Blackdam Close in Ligoniel during the early hours of Monday morning.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Specially trained officers responded and an AEP and Taser stun gun were deployed to prevent the female from harming herself.

"She was safely detained and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of common assault and possession of a class B controlled drug.

"She has since been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service."

An eyewitness claimed the PSNI fired into the house.

It is not known if the woman suffered any injuries.

An AEP is an attenuating energy projectile, a "less lethal" plastic baton round than the older forms of the plastic or rubber bullet.

They are more usually used for crowd control in riot situations.

As is normal procedure when a PSNI weapon is discharged, the office of the Police Ombudsman has been informed.

The Ombudsman confirmed they had received a complaint.

"In the early hours of Monday morning, police informed us about the discharge of an AEP and the use of Taser during an incident in the Ligoniel area of Belfast," a spokesperson said.

"We have since received a public complaint, and have now commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the incident."

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