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IPCC to investigate second Taser death in one week

August 30, 2011

An investigation is under way into the second death in a week of a man shot with a police Taser gun.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will probe the death of truck driver Philip Humes, 53, who died after being Tasered at his home near Bolton.

The drama began at a house in Salford Road, Over Hulton, at around 8.30pm with a 999 report from his daughter that he had barricaded inside with a knife and had stabbed himself.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Officers who attended were threatened by the man.

“The officers then gained entry to the house and deployed a Taser. After it was deployed, it became apparent he had a serious self-inflicted stab wound to his abdomen.

“He was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital for treatment to his injuries, but died a short time later.”

A post-mortem was being carried-out to establish the cause of death.

Neighbours said Mr Hulmes lived alone with his dog, a brown Labrador, and had lived at the house for about five years.

The tragedy happened five days after bodybuilder Dale Burns, 27, died when he was Tasered up to four times in his home at Barrow-in-Furness.

On that occasion Cumbria police also used pepper spray as they tried to arrest the father-of-two on suspicion of causing criminal damage at his flat in Hartington Street.

The IPCC is investigating the circumstances surrounding both deaths.