Police use threat of taser as suspect cowers in fear inside Southport takeaway
A police officer was forced to use the threat of his police taser on a suspect he was chasing down through Southport Town Centre.
Pictures, show how the defendant cowered in fear as he attempted to flee police officers chasing him down following a report of criminal damage.
The 30-year-old man was eventually cornered in the Southport Food Centre following a chase on foot – with a police officer being forced to draw his taser and place a laser red dot on the suspect as a deterrent.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson confirmed that the taser was not discharged and the man was eventually arrested.
Onlookers described the moment they saw the chase unfold on Nevill Street, shortly before 1.30am on Saturday morning (July 23).
A witness told our reporter: “I was outside the takeaway having a cigarette and I saw this lad being chased by police.
“He ran into the takewaway in an attempt to get away but he was cornered and one of the police pointed his taser at him,
“You could see him cowering in the corner and he was scared that he would be shot by the taser.
“After he surrendered they dragged him out and took him away. It was all over in a matter of minutes!”
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm a 30 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
“Officers were called at 1.45am on Saturday, July 23, to reports of a disturbance and followed a man into fast food premises at the junction of Bath Street and Nevill Street.
“The arresting officer was in possession of a Taser and used the ‘red dot’ function only as a visual deterrent but it was not deployed during the incident.
“The man complied with officers and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.”
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