A ‘dangerous suspect’ was Tasered by police before he allegedly went on to assault several officers.
Patrol officers used the non-lethal weapon after pursuing the man today (Sunday, July 26).
But despite being shot with the Taser – which can deliver up to 50,000 volts – the man allegedly then assaulted several officers as he was taken into custody.
He is due to appear in court on Monday.
In a post on Facebook, Warwickshire Police’s southern policing team said: “Patrol Officers have pursued and arrested a dangerous suspect in Leamington Spa following a report of a robbery.
“The male was incapacitated using TASER & has subsequently (allegedly) assaulted several officers whilst being transported to custody. He will face the full weight of the law and be presented to the courts on Monday where we anticipate he will receive a custodial sentence and serve at Her Majesty’s pleasure.”
In March 2020, Warwickshire Police announced it was increasing the number of Taser-trained officers.
The Home Office awarded the funding to raise the number of frontline officers trained in the use of the tactical option from 20% to 28% over the following two years.
At the time, Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Tedds said: “The safety and protection of our officers and the public is our ultimate priority and the use of Taser plays an integral part of this.
“Recent events have led to national debate on this important topic, and alongside many other forces, we made the decision to bid for additional funding for Taser trained officers within Warwickshire.
“This news has been very much welcomed by the Force, and will play a significant role in keeping both our communities and our officers safe.”
CoventryLive has approached Warwickshire Police for further details about the incident.