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Taser use 'was justified' on Dundee knife man

Police officers were justified in using a taser to disarm a man who was holding a knife to his own throat, a police watchdog has ruled.

Police had been called to the 47-year-old man's flat in Dundee in January after a family friend raised the alarm.

Officers forced entry to the property, but negotiations with the man failed.

A taser was used to incapacitate the man before the knife was removed. He was later charged with committing a breach of the peace.

A Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) report found the use of the taser prevented the man from inflicting a" potentially serious injury on himself".

The PIRC concluded that: "Given the rapidly escalating nature of the incident, the decision by officers to self-authorise and to subsequently discharge the taser was proportionate and justified."

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