South East Wales

Police action prior to man's death investigated

Police stand outside the property in Adeline Street
Image caption Arlindo Furtado was by himself in the house in Adeline St when police arrived

An inquiry into the conduct of police officers has got under way following a fatal incident where stun guns had been fired in a Cardiff house.

Police went to Arlindo Furtado's home in Splott on 11 October after concerns about his welfare were raised.

They found him inside with a knife and spent two hours talking to him, but he sustained a serious neck injury.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said three police officers then discharged their stun guns.

The incident unfolded after South Wales Police were called to the property at Adeline Street in Splott at 14:00 BST.

Armed response officers and negotiators from South Wales Police as well as medical staff were at the scene prior to Mr Furtado being injured.

The watchdog said he was given first aid at the scene before being taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He was pronounced dead that evening.

'Traumatic incident'

The police force reported the incident to the IPCC straight away and investigators went to the scene that evening.

House-to-house inquiries have been taken as well as statements from the public.

An inquest into Mr Furtado's death was opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales, Jan Williams, said: "The IPCC has met with Mr Furtado's family to explain our role and how the investigation will proceed.

"I would again wish to send them my sincere condolences at this difficult time. Our investigation will examine how police responded to this traumatic incident and what steps they took at the scene."

Tim Jones, head of professional standards at South Wales Police, said the force fully supported the investigation.

"This was a difficult and challenging policing incident and our condolences are with the family of Mr Furtado at this very sad and difficult time," he said.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites