RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

A 20-year-old man was tasered during an attack on a police officer at a transition house in St James, on Monday night.

According to a police report, at about 9:45 pm, two police officers responded to a report of sudden death at Bombay Street, St. James, where they met the manager of the facility, which is a transition house for persons in distress.

The manager reported to the police that the 20-year-old son of the 58-year-old deceased, who suffers from anxiety and depression, was in a bedroom armed with two knives attempting to commit suicide.

The police officers subsequently went to the room and saw the man armed with the knives.  They were able to seize them from him without incident.  However, upon the arrival of the funeral home personnel who came to remove the body of the deceased, the young man began to behave in a violent manner towards one of the police officers.

The officer made several verbal commands for the man to stop but he did not.  Instead, he dealt several blows to the officer causing his colleague, to discharge his taser in the direction of the young man, hitting him in the back, and thereby subduing him.

The young man was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital by EHS personnel, where he was treated and later discharged.