Teenage boy suffers cardiac arrest after being Tasered by police

17-year-old in serious but stable condition in hospital after incident

Richard Vernalls
Sunday 02 September 2018 21:16
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The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct
The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct

A 17-year-old boy suffered a cardiac arrest when he was Tasered by police officers.

The teenager is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after the incident in Coventry, West Midlands Police said.

Four other youths, three aged 17 and a 13-year-old, were also arrested after officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Prior Deram Walk, in the Canley area of the city, just after 9.30pm on Saturday.

In a statement, the force said: "A 17-year-old was Tasered in an effort to detain him, but immediately required CPR as he went into cardiac arrest."

The four other youths were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and assaulting a police officer.

Two male police officers received minor injuries which did not require hospital treatment and a patrol car had its windscreen smashed.

The incident has been referred by the force to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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