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A man who died after being Tasered by Wiltshire Police has today been named as 44-year-old Terrence Bennett.
Mr Bennett died at a property in Warminster early on 27 October. Officers had been called out after reports of concern for his welfare and that of others. They used a Taser on him and he was restrained. A knife was recovered from the scene.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation will seek to establish the exact nature of contact between Mr Bennett and officers prior to his death.
IPCC investigators have met with Mr Bennett’s family.
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Avon and Somerset Police is under investigation into what led officers to use a Taser on a vulnerable man with autism and learning difficulties.
The 26-year-old was Tasered in August last year before he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.
But the charges after the incident in Bristol were later dropped by the CPS, and now the police watchdog is investigating whether the use of the Taster was "proportionate".
Our investigations, which are at early stages, will look at how police discharged their duties and responsibilities while dealing with a man deemed to be vulnerable, and whether appropriate force was used.
It is important that we establish the full facts, and we will regularly update the complainants and police force as our enquiries progress
The investigation follows a complaint from the man's mother who alleges police failed to properly investigate, or provide appropriate support, for him despite his health problems.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is also investigating how the force dealt with the same man on three separate occasions in 2014.
Two incidents saw the man convicted of burglary and harassment, while the CPS decided not to proceed with one charge of assault.
We can confirm that we voluntarily referred this incident to the IPCC who are carrying out an independent investigation.
We are not able to comment further at this stage.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has recommended that training in the use of Tasers should be revised, following the death of a man from Plymouth.
Andrew Pimlott died from severe burns after dousing himself in petrol at his parents' home in April 2013.
An inquest decided yesterday that he had probably caught fire after being Tasered by police.
You can read the full IPCC report here.