Sussex police investigate older man’s manslaughter

TWO police officers are being investigated for manslaughter after a 93-year-old disabled man was Tasered at a care home.

Officials have been called to reports of a one-legged man with dementia threatening staff at his St Leonard care home with a knife on Tuesday, June 21.

Donald Burgess was in his wheelchair when one of the officers attempted to recover the knife using PAVA spray and a baton before another used his taser and handcuffed him.

Donald was rushed to the hospital shortly after for medical treatment but died three weeks later on Wednesday 13 July.

The Argus: Two Sussex police officers are under investigationTwo police officers from Sussex are under investigation

IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “I would like to extend my condolences to the man’s family and those who knew him.

“We have informed his next of kin of our independent investigation and explained the steps we will be taking.

“This includes investigating whether the force used by the two officers against this man was reasonable, necessary, proportionate and appropriate to the circumstances and in accordance with local and national policies, procedures and guidelines.”

The Argus: The older man was taseredThe older man was insulted

The officers, both police officers, have been notified of gross misconduct and know they are being investigated for manslaughter.

An autopsy has been performed and the results of further cardiopathological examinations are awaited as the cause of death is not yet known.

Sussex Police said they support the independent inquiry.

Deputy Police Commissioner Tanya Jones said: “We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Burgess. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“We are providing the IOPC with every support to allow for a thorough investigation and to provide the family with the answers they need.” Sussex police investigate older man’s manslaughter

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