A 95-year-old Australian woman died on Wednesday, a week after being stabbed by a police officer, security forces said.
The incident took place at the Yallambi Lodge Nursing Home in New South Wales. Staff at the nursing home called the police when one of their guests, 95-year-old Claire Nowland, became very upset and grabbed a kitchen knife.
One of the agents who arrived at the scene, as the woman slowly approached him—holding a knife in one hand and a walker with the other—, pulled out his Taser pistol and fired at the old woman, who fell unconscious. Himself head against the ground.
Officers said she urged Nauland to drop the knife, but the woman walked toward them “in slow motion” with her walker, at which point an officer shot her with a Taser.
“The woman passed away at the hospital surrounded by her family and loved ones just after 7pm,” New South Wales Police said in a statement.
On 17 May, Nauland was hospitalized in a critical condition after being shot with a Taser in an incident that shocked Australians.
Hours before his death, a 33-year-old police officer was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, assault causing bodily injury, and assault with a Taser.
The policemen suspended from their duties will have to appear in the courts on July 5.