Police right to use taser in Lisburn

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Police who used a taser after a man threatened to get a gun during an incident in Lisburn “acted professionally”, Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire has said.

He spoke out after a full investigation was carried out by his office into the July 19, 2011 incident.

Mr Maguire noted that police had followed proper procedures and “acted professionally to resolve a potentially dangerous situation.”

An ombudsman’s spokesman said investigators examined all relevant police records and radio transmissions and secured statements from police officers, ambulance staff and civilian witnesses.

“They established that the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service had requested assistance at around 10pm, as they were dealing with a man who was reported to have a firearm,” said the statement.

“Police officers spoke to a neighbour who said the man had threatened self-harm and had shown her a gun.”