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Police presence after death of man shot by Taser

A police cordon is in place around 10 terraced houses in Manchester following the death of a man who was shot with a Taser by police.

Police stand by a forensic tent following the death of a man after he was shot by a police Taser. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A forensic tent was placed in Beard Road within the cordon which was guarded by uniformed officers, a police van and two patrol cars.

The scene in Manchester following the man's death. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Man dies after being shot by police Taser

A man has died after police shot him with a Taser, Greater Manchester Police said.

The 23-year-old suffered a "medical episode" and died after police shot him with a stun gun. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said:

Police received a 999 call reporting a disturbance on Beard Road in Gorton. Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived in eight minutes. On arrival, a Taser was discharged to detain a 23-year-old man.

At this time it is unclear what happened, but at some point afterwards the man suffered a medical episode. Paramedics performed first aid on the man at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he sadly died

Greater Manchester Police has referred itself to the Police Complaints Commission.


Man Tasered by police near Downing Street

File picture of a police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser. Credit: PA Wire

A 42-year-old man was Tasered after he was seen pointing a knife at his own throat near Downing Street in London, Scotland Yard said.

He was challenged by police just before 9pm yesterday but failed to respond so the electronic weapon was used.

The man had been shouting in the road and appeared to have a knife that he was pointing at his throat.

He suffered a minor head injury when he fell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and affray, and remains in custody.