Police under investigation after father, 32, who covered himself with petrol is shot with a TASER and dies from horrific burns in hospital


Police under investigation after father, 32, who covered himself with petrol is shot with a TASER and dies from horrific burns in hospitalAndrew Pimlott was holding can of flammable
liquid which he was doused inDespite this a police officer fired a Taser gun at him The 32-year-old suffered serious
burn injuries and died on TuesdayIPCC today announced it was launching investigation into his death

By
Anthony Bond

PUBLISHED:

15:42 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 26 April 2013

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A man has died after he was shot with a Taser gun by police officers despite being doused in a flammable liquid, it emerged today.

Andrew Pimlott, 32, suffered serious burn injuries following the stand-of with police officers in Honicknowle, Plymouth, last Thursday.

The injuries resulted in him dying in Bristol's Frenchay Hospital, on Tuesday.

Today, the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced it has launched an investigation into his death.

Probe: Andrew Pimlott, 32 died after he was shot with a taser gun by police officers despite being doused in a flammable liquid, it emerged today

Probe: Andrew Pimlott, 32 died after he was shot with a taser gun by police officers despite being doused in a flammable liquid, it emerged today

Two police officers attended the address in Honicknowle following
an emergency call from an occupant shortly after 9pm.

The caller
advised that Mr Pimlott was in the garden with a can of flammable
liquid.

However, despite knowing that Mr Pimlott was doused in this liquid, an officer fired a Taser at him. He sustained serious burn
injuries and an ambulance was called.

Mr Pimlott was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth
and subsequently transferred to the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital in
Bristol, where he died on Tuesday.

Speaking today, IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said: 'Our investigators have already carried out a number of actions,
including interviewing the two police officers who attended the incident
and ensuring relevant evidence has been secured.

Investigation: Despite knowing that Mr Pimlott was doused in flammable liquid, an officer fired a Taser at him. This is a file picture of a Taser

Investigation: Despite knowing that Mr Pimlott was doused in flammable liquid, an officer fired a Taser at him. This is a file picture of a Taser

'A post-mortem was carried out yesterday and further forensic analysis
will be carried out. The IPCC had informed the coroner of our
investigation and we will share our report in due course.

'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.'

Today, his parents issued a tribute to their son. It read: 'Dear Darling Son Andrew, you were a fantastic son to us, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

'We will never forget you. Be in our heart forever and always, we send a million kisses up to heaven.'

His brother also paid tribute: 'You were a dear brother and uncle to us all. 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. Rest in peace dearest Angel, the brightest star in the sky.

'Love you forever and always your two sisters Michelle and Marie, your brother in laws Shane and Jason and all your nieces and nephews.'