A Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) report has found that police were justified in their use of a baton launcher and a Taser device when they were arresting an armed man.
Officers from Police Scotland were called to the incident around 0700 hours on Saturday 2 June 2018 in Troon, where a 23-year-old man was threatening to injure himself with a large knife. Armed officers were also present and they spent some time trying to negotiate with the man to surrender his weapon, with no success.
As the man’s behaviour became increasingly erratic, concerns were raised that he posed a threat others as well as himself. As a result, Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) initially discharged a baton round and subsequently a Conductive Energy Device - known as Taser - to incapacitate him. This allowed officers to bring the man under control and arrest him.
The independent PIRC report published today (13 March 2019) found that officers had responded appropriately when faced with the man’s behaviour, which could have endangered himself and others, including the officers present. The Commissioner said that the use of both the baton round and the Taser device was justified, necessary and proportionate in the circumstances.
The incident was referred to the PIRC by Police Scotland for independent investigation on 4 June 2018. The investigation examined how police handled the incident and their decision-making on the day. No recommendations were made. You can read the full report and findings here.
Notes to Editors: In terms of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, as amended, and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Investigations Procedure, Serious Incidents and Specified Weapons) Regulations 2013, all incidents of Police Scotland’s use of firearms, including the discharge of an AEP Launcher, must be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) for independent assessment.