Police officers used pepper spray and a Taser to subdue a mentally ill man during an incident in St Joseph on Monday.
The man is being treated at the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital following the confrontation with officers of the Northern Division Task Force West (NDTFW)y.
The incident occurred at 6.50 am on Monday when the officers responded to a report of a mentally ill man armed with a weapon on Hutton Street, St Joseph. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a man in the middle of the road behaving in a hysterical manner towards Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who were trying to render aid to him.
The police officers attempted to use persuasion, giving verbal commands to calm down and desist. The man continued behaving violently and one of the officers, who was concerned that he might cause injury to himself and others around him, in keeping with the TTPS’ Use of Force Policy, used pepper spray on the man.
The man was sprayed in the face and subsequently kneeled following which officers restrained him. However, he again began acting violently and attempted to attack the officers. Another officer drew his spark taser, tasing the man twice following which the officers successfully managed to subdue him.
The man was immediately strapped down to a stretcher and taken to the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital by ambulance for medical evaluation and treatment.