Man accidentally shot with Taser
Published 20/07/2010 | 13:37
Police were investigating after an officer accidentally discharged a 50,000 volt Taser weapon into a man's groin.
Peter Cox, 49, is seeking legal advice over the incident which started when he was stopped on suspicion of driving a BMW without insurance.
He spotted a patrol car following him and pulled over at his friend's house in Bridgwater, Somerset, where he was doing landscaping work on July 13.
The officer pointed the Taser at him for a few seconds before lowering the weapon.
At this point, it discharged, hitting the father-of-one's groin and ankle.
Unemployed Mr Cox, who suffers from Guillain Barri syndrome, fell to the ground in agony and he was treated by paramedics on the front lawn.
He denied being aggressive and said the insurance company confirmed the car had valid insurance immediately after he was stopped.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said the weapon was discharged by accident and that an investigation was under way.
"The Taser is a hand-held device which discharges an electrical current to temporarily incapacitate a person," the spokesman said.
"Its effects are short-lived but are designed to give officers control of the offender and the situation. Often the threat of using a Taser is an effective deterrent to calm an aggressive suspect and as a result frequently it's not necessary to actually discharge it."