Shocking moment man brandishing samurai sword is Tasered by armed police after he refuses to drop the weapon
A man brandishing a Samurai sword in the street was Tasered by police this afternoon.
Officers were called by people who saw the the man acting erratically with the weapon in Basildon, Essex at 2.35pm.
They demanded the man drop the weapon but were forced to Taser him when he refused.
Dramatic pictures show the man on the floor after being Tasered and police picking up the sword.
A witness at the scene said: ‘It’s scary I was just walking my dog and saw the cordons up.
‘It must frighten the shop people, thinking this is going on nearby. You have to have eyes at the back of your head.’
A spokesman for Essex Police said: ‘We were called at 2.35pm on Saturday, November 10 to concerns for the welfare of a man in the Rectory Road area of Pitsea who was reported to have a sword and was making threats.
‘Officers attended and a man was detained.’