Not a million miles from where I walk around a chap that was deemed ‘safe’ by a mental health team, decided to go for a walk armed with a sword…
A mental health patient given home leave after being declared “no risk” was later found by police brandishing a Samurai sword in the street.
Police were forced to twice Taser the man after he drew the sword from its sheath as he approached the officers in Plymouth.
Health officials said the man had been granted home leave from Lee Mill Hospital in Ivybridge, Devon, following a clinical assessment. An investigation has now been launched.
Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were confronted by the man in Devonport Road following calls from members of the public.
The force said officers were authorised to use Tasers to detain the man who “posed a substantial threat”.
A spokeswoman said the man had refused instructions to drop the sword and officers used a Taser as he reached Milehouse Road.
But the first Taser failed to stop the man who continued to approach the officers and removed the sword from its sheath, upon which they used the Taser for a second time.
A witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Plymouth Herald she saw a man “swinging” a sword and cutting through Taser wires attached to him before he was detained.
Fortune was with the local cops that night as a taser crew was nearby … Otherwise good old ‘bobby on the beat’ would have had to go hands on…
How nice are we? He would have been shot dead anywhere else in the world …
We need to give ALL OFFICERS TASER NOW…/strong>