Man tasered in stand-off with police

A man was tasered during a confrontation with police in Woodlands on Sunday night.

A video clip, posted on Twitter on Monday, showed the man in a stand-off with two policemen.

He was shown in a second clip being pinned down and surrounded by several officers.

The Straits Times understands that a Taser, an electric stun gun, was used in a bid to apprehend the man, who is in his 40s. He was charged in court yesterday.

Twitter user Purgat0ry, who recorded the video, claimed the man was under the influence of drugs.

"The dude was high on drugs and was just looking for people to slash," he wrote in a post.

Last November, police officers used the Taser on a 30-year-old man who had turned aggressive when they approached him at Lavender MRT. He later kicked one of the officers.

Another incident in March last year involved a 31-year-old man who was found with an offensive weapon during a routine check at Yio Chu Kang MRT station.

Ng Jun Sen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'Man tasered in stand-off with police'. Print Edition | Subscribe