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A one-legged 93-year-old with dementia has died after police pepper sprayed and Tasered him in his care home.
Officers were responding to reports of elderly Donald Burgess threatening residential care staff with a knife, while confined to the wheelchair he relied on to get about.
To bring him under control, one officer used pepper spray and a baton before a second targeted him with a Taser gun, Mirror reports.
Once disarmed, Mr Burgess was arrested at the care home in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex and taken to hospital for treatment in June. Sadly however he died on July 13, three weeks after the incident.
Sussex Police voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who have launched an enquiry.
The two officers – both police constables from Sussex Police – have been told they are under criminal investigation for manslaughter and have been handed gross misconduct notices.
The IOPC said initial steps carried out in the investigation include taking witness statements and reviewing the officers' body worn video footage.
They also attended the post mortem on July 21 and await the findings of further cardio-pathology examinations, as the cause of Mr Burgess' death is not yet known.
Graham Beesley, IOPC Regional Director, 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."
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