TWO police officers are under investigation for manslaughter after a 93-year-old disabled man was tasered in a care home.

Officers were called to reports of a one legged man with dementia who had been threatening staff at his St Leonard’s care home with a knife on Tuesday, June 21.

Donald Burgess was in his wheelchair when one of the officers tried to retrieve the knife using PAVA spray and a baton before another used their taser and handcuffed him.

Donald was taken to hospital shortly after to receive medical treatment, but died three weeks later on Wednesday, July 13.

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IOPC regional director, Graham Beesley, said: “I want to express my sympathies to the man’s relatives and those who knew him.

“We have advised his next-of-kin of our independent investigation and explained the steps we will be taking.

“This will include investigating whether the force used by the two officers against this male, was reasonable, necessary and proportionate in the circumstances and in line with local and national policies, procedures and guidance.”

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The officers, both police constables, have been issued with gross misconduct notices, and are aware they are being investigated for manslaughter.

A post mortem has been carried out and the findings of further cardio-pathology examinations are awaited, as the cause of death is not yet known.

Sussex Police said it is supporting the independent investigation.

Assistant chief constable Tanya Jones said: “We want to express our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Burgess. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

“We are providing every assistance to the IOPC to allow for a thorough investigation and for the family to receive the answers they need.”