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IIO investigates NWPD taser incident

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The provincial Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been called in to look into an incident in Sapperton involving police use of a Taser on Thursday.

New Westminster police said officers went to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Garrett Street about 7 p.m. where they found a man armed with a knife. Police said a Taser was used to allow the officers to arrest the man.

The NWPD said during the incident the man suffered a significant injury "believed to be self inflicted." That resulted in the IIO being contacted and taking over jurisdiction.

Police said the man was taken to hospital where he remained Friday. The NWPD's criminal investigation has resulted in Christopher Lindsey Gilkin, 28, of New Westminster being charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and two counts of disobeying a court order.

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