Man dies after police taser incident

Andrew Pimlott
Andrew Pimlott

originally by: The Guardian
published: 26 April 2013

A man has died after suffering horrific burns in an incident when he was “Tasered” by a police officer while doused in a flammable liquid. 

Police were called to the home of 32-year-old Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth following a domestic disturbance and told that he was in the garden and had a can of flammable liquid with him. An officer discharged a Taser and, according to eye witnesses, Pimlott was seen “fully on fire from top to bottom”. One of the police officers jumped on him to try to put out the flames.

Pimlott was taken to the burns unit at Frenchay hospital but the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating, confirmed on Friday that he had died.

The IPCC said police officers attended Pimlott’s address on the evening of 18 April. The caller who had alerted the police advised officers that Pimlott was in the garden with a can of flammable liquid.

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