A knife-wielding man, who was tasered and arrested by police, has died in hospital from stab wounds.
The man, who has not yet been named, was taken by ambulance from an address on Poplar Square in Farsley, to Leeds General Infirmary in the early hours of yesterday morning. (Oct 5)
Police officers had been alerted shortly before 4am to reports that a woman had been stabbed on the quiet residential cul-de-sac.
The woman, who has not been identified, was found lying injured in the street.
Officers entered one of the Yorkshire stone back-to-back terraces on Poplar Square to find a man in a bedroom armed with a knife and refusing to surrender.
Due to the potential threat, officers used a taser gun to arrest him, said a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police. It was at this point it became clear the man was wounded, the force has confirmed in a statement.
The man was given first aid at the scene as he appeared to be losing consciousness.
He was taken to LGI for treatment where he was pronounced dead at 5.30am.
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is assessing whether to launch an investigation.
The woman’s injuries have been described as “not life-threatening”.
She is believed to be in a stable condition at LGI.
Last night Poplar Square remained cordoned off by the Force’s Homicide and Major Inquiry Team. IPCC officers had also been at the scene, a spokesman for the commission confirmed.
Adi Jones, 42, who lives on Prospect Square, a neighbouring cul-de-sac, with wife Tammie and one-year-old son Mathew, spoke of his shock.
He said: “It’s quite unnerving to think while you are asleep someone’s taking a knife to someone else. It’s shocking and makes you wonder what kind of person could do this.”
Asked how he had become award of the incident, he added: “My wife was up with our baby son. She’d nipped to the loo so I was up nursing when she noticed there was dozens of police outside. I stuck my head out. There was a frenzy of activity, what seemed like dozens of police vehicles and ambulance staff racing around with bags of what looked like plasma.”