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Andrew Pimlott burns death prompts IPCC Taser inquiry

  • 4-27-2013

The police watchdog is investigating whether a Taser electric stun gun ignited a flammable liquid which caused a man to be fatally burned.

Andrew Pimlott, 32, died five days after the liquid he was covered in caught fire after officers were called to a house in Plymouth on 18 April.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was investigating why the weapon was used.

Mr Pimlott's family paid tribute to their "fantastic son".

Two officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the house at about 21:00 BST on 18 April after reports about a man with a can of flammable liquid were made by a member of the public.

The IPCC confirmed a Taser, which delivers a 50,000-volt electrical charge into targets to incapacitate them, was fired during the incident.

Officer's rationale

After he was burned, Mr Pimlott was taken to hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital. He died on 23 April.

The IPCC said its investigation would focus on the circumstances leading to his death.

Commissioner Sarah Green said: "Our investigation will be looking at what information was known to the officers attending the scene, the officer's rationale for discharging a Taser on a person known to be doused in flammable liquid; whether the discharge of the Taser caused the fuel to ignite; and we will look at training and policies."

In their tributes, Mr Pimlott's family said he was a "fantastic son", as well as a "dear brother and uncle".

The tributes added: "We are going to miss you so much and you will never be far from all our thoughts.

"You will always hold a place in all our hearts."

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was co-operating fully with the IPCC.

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