An independent investigation report has found that police were justified in their use of a Taser to arrest a man armed with a knife.

On the evening of 29 May 2020, a number of telephone calls were received by Police Scotland reporting a large scale disturbance involving several men fighting with knives in Dumfries. It was also reported that a number of people had been injured.

At the time of the incident, Coronavirus regulations were in force.

Police officers, including a Specially Trained Officer (STO), were sent to the incident and, on arrival, were confronted by 19-year-old man with a knife, who shortly before had been involved in the disturbance.

The STO discharged his Taser at the man after he moved towards the officer. The initial discharge missed the man who then threw the knife at the officer striking him on the shoulder. The officer discharged his Taser again which had an immediate effect. The man was arrested and later reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

On 1 June 2020, Police Scotland referred the incident to the PIRC. The investigation found that use of Taser was necessary, proportionate and justified. To read the investigation report click here.

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