Confrontational moment when a man is tasered with a knife by officers on a busy street in front of stunned customers
- Man, 34, tasered in front of stunned shoppers in Adelaide
- He is said to be wielding a knife near Rundle Mall
A man brandishing a knife has been tasered by police on a busy street with footage capturing the dramatic moment that unfolded in front of stunned shoppers.
CCTV video shows the man with a knife in his right hand as he marched towards two South Australian police officers on King William Street in Adelaide’s CBD on Tuesday.
A cold-blooded officer then fires his taser, hitting the 34-year-old, who minutes earlier was supposed to be carrying the knife in busy Rundle Mall.
A man reportedly holding a knife was tasered by SA police in central Adelaide on Tuesday morning when he refused to drop the weapon, police said
The man hits the sidewalk hard and appears to wince in pain as officers rush in to disarm him.
SA police said in a statement that patrols had been called to the intersection of King William Street and Rundle Mall after reports of ‘a man armed with a knife’ at 10.35am.
Police located the man outside the Bean Bar cafe and told him to drop the knife.
“He refused to comply with police orders to drop the weapon and the man was tasered by police to safely disarm him so that he could be arrested,” the statement said.
Simon Robinson, the owner of the Bean Bar café, told 9News that “six or seven police cars” arrived within seconds to deal with the man.
Officers were able to safely disarm the man after tasering him on King William Street
They were followed five minutes later by two ambulances.
The man, from Seaview Downs in the south of the city, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a mental health assessment.
He was charged with aggravated assault and carrying an assault weapon.
SA police said they expect him to be refused bail “as soon as he is deemed fit for custody”.