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Three police officers could face criminal charges over Huddersfield man Adrian McDonald's death

34-year-old died after being tasered in Staffordshire

Adrian McDonald
Adrian McDonald

Three police officers could face criminal charges in connection with the death of a Huddersfield man.

Adrian McDonald, 34, of Dalton, died on December 22, 2014 after he was tasered by officers called to a house in Newcastle-under-Lyme following reports of a burglary.

Staffordshire Police referred the incident to The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), following standard practice in such cases and experts from the Commission have been carrying out an investigation since then.

Now their investigation has concluded that three officers from Staffordshire police could face criminal prosecution and a file has been passed to the Criminal Prosecution Services.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC has made a referral to the CPS to consider charges over the actions of three officers at the scene.

“A referral to the CPS is made when the IPCC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed. It does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

“The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought, based on the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

The IPCC has previously confirmed six officers were forming part of its investigation.

Mr McDonald was brought up in Dalton where his family still live, and had been living in Stoke for about a year.

He was attending a birthday party at the time of the incident where he became very distressed.

The police were called by neighbours.

Armed police arrived at the scene and tasered Mr McDonald. He became ill in a police van and died.

The IPCC investigation report into the incident may be released after the outcome of any criminal proceedings.

Matthew Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, said: “Adrian McDonald's death was tragic and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

“The work of police officers is often dangerous and the incidents they attend can be chaotic. It is the job of the IPCC to provide independent investigation into the circumstances here and the CPS will decide if there is any criminal case to answer.”

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