Officer suspended after threat to taser patient

A police officer from Sussex has been suspended after threatening to shoot a hospital patient with a Taser.

Sussex PC suspended over 'Taser threat'

A Sussex police officer has been suspended after he allegedly threatened to shoot a hospital patient with a Taser.

Police were called to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, East Sussex to deal with a drunk patient when the incident took place.

The Taser was not discharged and the patient, a 31-year-old man from Hastings, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

A 35-year-old male police constable, based in East Sussex, has been suspended while the investigation is ongoing. Officers who carry Tasers outside of the firearms unit must pass suitability checks before undergoing a thorough four-day training programme. This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision making under pressure."

– Police force spokesman