Police officer fired Taser ‘to stop human fireball’
29 September 2015
From the section Devon
Mr Pimlott, who was in the back garden of his parents’ house, doused himself in petrol, the inquest heard
A police officer said he hoped a shot from a Taser stun gun would prevent a man soaked in petrol setting himself alight, an inquest has heard.
PC Peter Hodgkinson discharged the weapon while Andrew Pimlott, 32, was holding a lit match at his parents’ home in Plymouth in April 2013.
Mr Pimlott caught fire and died from his injuries five days later.
The officer said he only fired because he feared Mr Pimlott was about to send himself up in flames.
The inquest heard two police officers went to the home of Mr Pimlott’s parents after his father called 999.
Source:: BBC world news feed