Man in hospital with burns after police taser incident

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man suffered serious burns in an incident involving a police Taser.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the incident, involving Devon and Cornwall Police, occurred in Honicknowle, Plymouth on Thursday 18 April.

A 32-year-old man was taken to Derriford Hospital but later transferred to the specialist burns unit at Frenchay in Bristol.

The information available at this stage indicates that two police officers attended the address in Honicknowle following an emergency call from an occupant shortly after 9pm.

The caller advised that another resident at the premises, the 32-year-old man, was in the garden with a can of flammable liquid.

Shortly after the police arrived, the man sustained serious burn injuries and an ambulance was called. Police records indicate an officer deployed a Taser during the incident.

– Spokesman, IPCC

The spokesman said the man's condition was "life-changing, but is not considered to be life-threatening".

The investigation will look at to what extent, if any, police actions caused or contributed to the man's injuries, and whether police acted in accordance with procedures.

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