Taking aim: PC Brian MacNab, of Bermuda Police’s firearms unit, fires a test shot using the Taserstun gun. One in three officers is to be armed with the weapon. *Photo supplied by Bernews
Taking aim: PC Brian MacNab, of Bermuda Police’s firearms unit, fires a test shot using the Taserstun gun. One in three officers is to be armed with the weapon. *Photo supplied by Bernews
A 45-year-old Devonshire man set a Bermuda record that no one would want - he was the first person the Police used a Taser on.

Around 4:10pm on Saturday, a Police officer used a Taser to assist in subduing the man who violently resisted arrest on Middle Road in Devonshire.

A court appearance for the Devonshire man is anticipated in due course.

This is the first deployment of Taser by the Bermuda Police Service.

Police said: "As a precaution, we have reviewed the use of Taser and can report that all the protocols in place regarding the use of the device were followed, including aftercare which was given to the affected individual. The use of Taser is designed to reduce the risk of injury to the arresting officer or officers as well as the individual or individuals being arrested."

On May 3, a Taser was pulled from its holster, but not used on a 53-year-old Hamilton Parish man on Par-La-Ville Road. That man was wanted on an outstanding warrant. As they attempted to arrest him, the man attacked the officers and a violent struggle took place. One officer received minor injuries during the fight at which time he drew his Taser device from its holster and pointed it at the man. The man promptly complied with the directions of the officers and he was safely arrested. 

The Tasers were put into service at the end of April.