Two policemen who ran into an old man disabled human with dementia in nursing home on using stun gun, baton and aerosol can, incapacitated, have been served notices of gross misconduct and are under investigation for manslaughter.
Questions are raised over in use of force against 93-year- old Donald Burgess, who died a few weeks later.
Sussex police officers were called to help home in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on noon of Tuesday 21 June after reports that Burgess had a knife and threatened staff.
On arrivalcare staff home led the officers into the room where the man, who was in wheelchair and had one leg, held a knife, independent control for Conduct Police (IOPC) said.
Officers are busy for a short time with that man, with one of officers using Spray incapacitating PAVA and then a baton.
second the officer used the stun gun before the knife was removed from a man and he was handcuffed, according to the IOPC.
Mr Burgess was taken to the hospital for treatment and stayed where he died three weeks later on July 13.
An IOPC spokesman said: “Our investigation follows a voluntary appeal force on June 28, regarding the allegations of surplus use of force two officers who was present at the incident.
“Great Violation Warnings have already been issued. on the two officers involved, both police constables, together with letters informing them that they are under criminal the study for manslaughter.
“These actions do not necessarily mean disciplinary proceedings or criminal charges will follow.”
IOPC Regional Director Graham Beasley said: “I want express sympathy to the family and friends of the man who knew him. We advised him next-of-kin of our independent investigation and explained steps we will take.
“This will include investigating whether force used by two officers against this man was reasonable, necessary and proportionate in circumstances and in line with local and national policies, procedures and guidelines”.
Sussex Police Assistant Chief Tanya Jones said: “We want express our sympathy family and friends of Mr Burgess. Our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.
“We provide all possible assistance to IOPC in allow for thorough investigation and for in family to get the answers they need.”