Feeds

Mounties taser bed-ridden octagenarian

Knife-wielding old-timer in hospital shocker

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have once again demonstrated their enthusiasm for the Taser by zapping an 82-year-old hospital patient, CBC News reports.

Frank Lasser, of Kamloops, British Columbia, was in his local Royal Inland Hospital on 3 May suffering from pneumonia following heart bypass surgery which obliges him to remain permanently connected to an oxygen supply.

The RCMP said that "nurses called police after Lasser became delirious and pulled a knife out of his pocket". When the Mounties arrived, the perp apparently refused to relinquish his weapon, at which point he was hit three times with a Taser.

Lasser recounted: "I was laying on the bed by then and the corporal came in, or the sergeant, I forget which it was, and said to the guys, 'OK, get him because we got more important work to do on the street tonight.' And then, bang, bang, bang, three times with the laser [sic], and I tell you, I never want that again."

In his defence, former prison guard Lasser said he "sometimes becomes delusional when he can't breathe properly" and admitted he "couldn't explain why he refused to let go of the knife even after the Mounties arrived".

Lasser insisted the three RCMP officers involved "could have easily handled him without the use of a Taser", concluding: "They could have gone in there and taken an old man without any trouble at all."

RCMP Cpl. Scott Wilson told CBC News: "Whether the person is 80 or 20, we are dealing with a person who had a deadly weapon in their hand."

He added: "We could not deploy our... pepper spray, because we could potentially contaminate the entire hospital."

In October last year, the RCMP caused a bit of a stir by tasering a 40-year-old man at Vancouver International Airport - an incident captured on video by an amateur cameraman. Pole Robert Dziekanski, who received mutiple Taser hits, died at the scene. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.