UK: Man dies after police fire Taser

UK: A man has died after he was shot with a police Taser.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in to investigate after the 53-year-old man died following an incident in Bolton last night.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police were called to a house in Salford Road, Over Hulton, at around 8.30pm following reports a man had locked himself inside with a knife and was stabbing himself, a spokesman said.

When officers arrived they were threatened by the man and a decision was made to “deploy the Taser”, police said.

The spokesman added: “Following that, it became quite obvious the man had serious stab wounds to his stomach.”

The man was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out later today.

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The force’s professional standards department is investigating and the matter has been referred to the IPCC.