14 May 2012

Wellington police use taser to subdue man

6:22 am on 14 May 2012

Police used a taser to subdue a man allegedly threatening an officer with a knife in central Wellington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A man was reported to be threatening a person and slashing tyres.

A senior sergeant tried to subdue him using pepper spray but the man allegedly advanced on him holding two knives above his head.

The officer radioed for help and officers from a patrol car used a taser.

The head of Wellington City CIB Detective Inspector Paul Basham is praising the officers' actions.

He says it was a text book piece of policing.

A 37-year-old man will appear in the Wellington District Court on Monday.