A man who died after being tasered by police with a 50,000 volt stun gun was not breaking into property as thought but actually visiting friends for a birthday drink.
Adrian Thompson became unresponsive after being bundled into a police car and taken into custody in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, having been stunned. A call to the police suggested he was breaking into the property, but a friend has now insisted the 34-year-old had been invited to the scene in the early hours of Monday morning. His death is now being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A 22-year-old local resident, who did not want to be named, said he heard Thompson shout ‘help me’ after the stun gun was fired at around 1.45am. He added: ‘There were seven or eight police and I saw them dragging this bloke out.’
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