Schoolgirl 'Accidentally' Shot By Police With Taser

06/08/2010 10:37 | Updated 22 May 2015

Nottinghamshire Police have apologised to a 14-year-old girl after an officer accidentally shot her with a Taser 'stun gun'.

Jodie Gallagher was struck by the device after police missed their target - a man they were attempting to apprehend on suspicion of anti-social behaviour.Officers had arrived in Alexander Street, Stapleford, to investigate complaints from residents. The Taser was used after a man became 'aggressive'.

Jodie, who was watching the scene unfold, told reporters: 'The police pulled out his Taser gun and said if you don't stand still I'll shoot. It got me instead of the boy it was supposed to get. It was like a really big cramp, like an electric shock really and I just couldn't move.'

Nottinghamshire Police issued a statement saying: 'As soon as the officer realised he had missed the intended target, he cancelled the discharge. The Taser was then successfully redeployed, and the man was arrested for police assault and a Section 4 public order offence.Officers have been liaising with the girl and her family and have apologised for what happened.'

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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