A MAD dog and a man armed with a sword came under fire from Taser-wielding police in Chester last year.
The 50,000 volt stun guns, which could soon be on the belts of all frontline police officers, have already been employed to diffuse tense stand-offs and even to prevent a self-harmer from hurting himself.
The electric guns have been used by Cheshire police since 2004 and, while currently only speciallytrained officers carry the weapon, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced £8 million plans for frontline officers to be given 10,000 more of the weapons in November.
On March 3, 2008, a ten-hour police siege of a house in Brentwood Road, Blacon, ended after a man armed with a crossbow had a Taser’s red laser target trained on him.
The incident ended when four men voluntarily left the property and two men were both were charged with affray and possessing an offensive weapon.
A mental patient at the Countess of Chester Hospital who was selfharming and presented a danger to himself as well as patients, officers and staff was hit by 50,000 volts on the evening of March 23.
And on January 24, a ferocious bull mastiff – again on Brentwood Road – was shot with a Taser but it failed to subdue the crazed animal and it was shot dead.
A man and a woman were arrested as a result of the incident.
In dramatic scenes last November, a man brandishing a sword was brought under control when officers merely “demonstrated” the weapon to him.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Taser has been routinely carried by armed response officers as part of a range of less-than-lethal options to ensure public safety in dealing with incidents where extreme violence is threatened.
“In all this time, Taser has been deployed on only 36 occasions, and has only actually been discharged on 14 of these occasions.
“Each incident has been safely and successfully resolved and the use of Taser has been of significant benefit to public and officer safety in incidents where, had this option not been available, serious injury or a loss of life might have occurred.”