Two police officers are under criminal investigation on suspicion of manslaughter after a 93-year-old disabled man with dementia died after being tasered in a care home.
Sussex Police were called to the home in St Leonards-on-Sea on June 21 following reports that a wheelchair bound male resident was threatening staff with a knife.
When they arrived they discovered 93-year-old Donald Burgess, who only had one leg and was suffering from dementia, holding a knife.
After briefly engaging with him one of the officers used PAVA spray and a baton in an attempt to disarm and restrain him.
A second officer then deployed his Taser before the knife was removed and Mr Burgess was handcuffed.
He was then taken to hospital for medical treatment, but died three weeks later on July 13. The exact cause of death has not yet been established.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched an investigation into the use of force and two police constables are under criminal investigation.
IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said “I want to express my sympathies to the man’s relatives and those who knew him. We have advised his next-of-kin of our independent investigation and explained the steps we will be taking.
“This will include investigating whether the force used by the two officers against this male, was reasonable, necessary and proportionate in the circumstances and in line with local and national policies, procedures and guidance.”