Leeds & West Yorkshire

Taser 'not linked' to stabbed man's death in Leeds

The scene of the stabbing
Image caption Officers used a Taser gun on the man who was armed with a knife at the scene of a stabbing

The use of a Taser gun was "not linked" to the death of a man in Leeds, according to West Yorkshire Police.

The force said the man was Tasered in the early hours of Friday morning when he refused to surrender a knife he was holding.

He was then found to have stab wounds, and died later in hospital.

A spokesman said: "A post-mortem has been conducted and the indications are the use of a Taser was not linked to the cause of death."

Officers were called to Poplar Square, in Farsley, on Friday morning where they found the armed man and a woman who also had stab wounds.

Her injuries were not said to be life-threatening.

After an assessment, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said there was "no requirement" for an investigation into the police's actions during the incident.

An IPCC spokesman said the decision took into account the findings of the post-mortem examination.

The full circumstances of the man's death would be examined at a future inquest, he added.

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